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    Sep 8, 2006
    Goodie Bag!
    If this info is not for you.....please pass it along!

    Acoustic Cafe
    Airwaves Radio Journal Internet Resource Page
    All Access Music Group - Online dailysource of news, for the radio and record industry
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Radio homepage
    FCC Homepage
    Folk Alliance
    Institute of Broadcast Sound - is an association for broadcast audio practitioners.
    National Association of Broadcasters
    National Public Radio - is the largest network of non-commercial public radio stations in the U.S.
    Online Publications
    Dirty Linen - the magazine of folk, electric folk, traditional and world music.
    folklinks.com - Online magazine connecting people through music.
    Guitar Nine Records - An on-line magazine from this Raleigh, NC record label.The magazine looks great and is well worth a look.
    Guitar Player Magazine Online
    Independent Songwriter - Web-Magazine:" Proud To Be Indie"
    InterMixx Webzine - An online/offline publication that gives indies press! Keyboard Magazine Online
    MIX Magazine
    Performance Magazine Online
    Performing Songwriter Magazine Online
    POLLSTAR Online - The Magazine of the Touring Industry
    Professional Sound Magazine
    Harmony Central - Resources and links related to guitar, bass, keyboards, sfx, software and more...
    music.machines - offers images, software, schematics, and lots of tips and comments from electronic musicians all over the Internet.
    Recording Studios
    Actiondale Recording Studio - D.C. area studio specializing in production for singer-songwriters, Americana and alt-rock artists and bands.
    Adek Production - Annapolis- based recording studio and production company, serving Maryland, DC, and Virginia.
    All Access Audio - Full service production company in Silver Spring, MD offering recording in a wide variety of studios and onsite locations. Owner: Heidi Gerber
    Avalon Sound Studio
    Bias Recording - Top-quality recording in Northern Virginia/ Washington D.C. metro area. Multiple Grammy nominations.
    Cedar House Studios Nashville, TN - Home of Grammy-nominated producer/engineer Johnny Pierce Cinema Studio Group - Specialize in full packages for band and musicians, including recording, music video, artwork, duplication and marketing.-->
    Crit Harmon - Boston-area producer with 20 years experience.
    CT Records & Recording Studio - 32 track digital studio in Santa Ana, CA Dojo Productions - Production company and recording studio based out of Sperryville VA. Clients range from regional to international acts.
    Dynamic Recording, Rochester, NY USA
    Electric Acoustic Studios - A 24 track digital studio located 50 miles NW of NYC. Warwick, NY.
    Front and Center Live Recording - Annapolis, MD location recording almost exclusively. Specialties include jazz and all acoustic music from classical to bluegrass. Have worked with: Gary Thomas, Darol Anger, Peter Rowan, Joe Pass and Sir Richard Rodney Bennett.
    Fusion Music - Washington, DC based audio and music production company offering production and songwriting services. In addition, we record, engineer, mix and master at our 2 facilities in College Park, MD and Cheverly, MD.
    Hit and Run Recording - 24 track recording studio in suburban Maryland hosted by renowned engineer & producer Steve Carr.
    MRV Recording Studios
    Pyramid Digital Productions - Check the new CD mastering section
    The Basement Recording Studio - 32 Track ProTools 6.1 Home Recording Solution that focuses on local bands and their budgets. Burke, VA.
    T.L.K. Audio/Video Services - Offering on-location audio recording services
    Uptime Incorporated - Professional Recording Services in NYC
    VirtuaLux Digital Studio Inc. Windshear Productions Recording Studio-->
    White Mountain Productions - Remote Recording Studio (E-mail link)
    Promotion, etc.
    Artistopia - The Ultimate Artist Resource. Professional presentation to the music industry, comprehensive profile and press kit building tools, artist development, musician community and networking abilities and services.
    BOS Music - artist-friendly indie record label & music services company
    Duck Music - Professional enhanced CD and web site development for musicians.
    The Evolution Promotion - team offers comprehensive promotion strategies that lend years of experience, commitment, persistence and passion you can rely on. We invite you to call on us for a consultation to see how we may fulfill your individual needs.
    Folk Alliance
    folkmusic.org - Folkbook If it has to do with Folk Music and it's on the Internet, it's here Halcyon Productions - independent music production-->
    Indiegrrl - For Women in the Independent Music IndustryIndie Managers Association
    InterMixx InterNetwork - A source for information, leads, tips, advice, and contacts for music industry professionals
    Jeri Goldstein - Expert assistance with management and booking, from renowned agent/author
    Mane Event Productions
    Musician's Guide To Touring and Promotion - Book gigs across the U.S. and Canada, find a manager, attorney or agent, send your music to a record label and more
    Missile Productions - Represents more than 125 bands in DC/MD/VA/DE/PA, performing Blues, Cajun & Zydeco, Classical, Jazz, R&B, Rock & Roll and Swing
    Rocket Entertainment (USA)
    Rent My Band.com
    Space 380 Music Promotion
    Songsalive!- is a non-profit organization dedicated to the nurturing, support and promotion of songwriters and composers worldwide. Run by songwriters for songwriters. Members receive an abundance of opportunities to perform, be heard, be supported, and be promoted.
    Songstuff- information and services on a broad range of music topics including creative, technical and business issues: articles, reference material, artists' music pages, news, forums, a music glossary, and many categorized music related links.
    Thrive Audible - Promote and sell your music online through StealMyMusic.com and TransitCD.com!" VABEST - Virginia Artists - national exposure in multi-venue sale arena-->
    ZBands.com - lets fans search and locate their favorite musicians by city, by venue or by performance dates. Bands and venues get free promotion and a direct web site link. Fast becoming the premier national directory and scheduling system for musicians.
    Mastering Facilities
    7th Fret Music CD Mastering - Mastering in Washington State by the much-respected Steve Trembley.
    A Sound Collective™ - Award-winning engineer David Truran's new Texas facility
    Airshow Mastering - Grammy-award winning mastering in Virginia & Colorado
    Bluefield Mastering, Inc. - Raleigh, NC USA
    Blue Planet Studios - Affordable, Professional Mastering
    CedarHouse Sound and Mastering - High-end recording, tracking, mixing and mastering Studios--renowned in New Hampshire and the world for 25 years.
    Future Disc Systems - World-class music mastering since 1981 (Hollywood, CA)
    Glenn Schick Mastering
    M Works Mastering Studios - A full-service, highly-experienced CD and DVD mastering facility in Boston
    Mastermind - Affordable world class mastering located in the heart of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
    Northeastern Digital Recording - Award winning mastering in New England
    Private Studio Recording and Mastering - Specializing in 24bit CD Audio Mastering, Post-Production, and Sound Design. Rates by the hour or by the audio minute.
    Pyramid Digital Productions - Check the new CD mastering section
    Serif Sound Mastering's services - "Stereo mastering for CD and DVD. Great sound, at vintage rates."
    Tim Lengfeld Mastering - Professional Mastering in South Africa
    Ultimate Audio Mastering - Renowned mastering facility with respected client list and an "acoustic bent" (Madison, WI)
    Wolf Productions - Top-flight CD mastering in the Washington DC area, by Bill Wolf.
    Graphic Artists
    Alan Dubinsky - Illustrator and Graphic Designer in the San Francisco Bay Area
    Alixandra Mullins - Album cover artwork, graphic design and photography for musicians
    BlindSpot Studio LLC Custom Graphic Arts - CD covers and all other promotional artwork, high quality & fast turn around - We Make You Look As Good As You Are!
    Boom Design Group, Inc. - New York City-based firm, specialize in web and print design for artists and musicians
    Cindy Wilson Design - St. Augustine, Florida - over 25 years design experience, with clients around the country
    Dan Holmgren - Graphic artist in Manhattan, KS (email link)
    Darcy Scaringe - graphic designer and multimedia specialist, Baltimore/Washington, D.C.
    David Heidelberger - Highly-experienced CD graphic designer in the Los Angeles area
    Design for Communication - Over 25 years serving the music community with design, photography, and digital art
    Digital Vista - Graphic design firm on Long Island,NY
    Dragonfly Design Inc. - CD Design, Logos, Posters, Web-sites, Plus More all over the USA
    Fibonacci Works - Maine based graphic designer serving the entire northeast (email link)
    FLOOD Design - a graphic design studio in Baltimore with nearly 20 years' experience creating regional and national award-winning design.
    Gary Ross Productions - Designer, Photographer, CD-ROM author in Kansas City, MO
    Hank Rueter - Design services including print, web, photographic, multimedia and flash development (Virginia)
    Infinity Graphics - Award-winning cover designs, plus a very cool Internet guide to the graphics process (VA/USA)
    Jack Doud - Full service design source for musicians... album covers, websites, press packages, stickers, t-shirts.
    Janet Hailey - Graphic Artist in Austin, Texas (email link)
    Jim Koch - Experienced alternative design in Eastern Washington
    Joanne Capella - Graphic Designer and Illustrator located in Central New York State.
    John W. Fuzek - graphic artist in Rhode Island (e-mail link)
    John David Coppola Promotions - Photography, Web, & Graphic Design (Washington, DC area)
    LaMay Graphic Design
    Lana Puckett Cimirron/Rainbird Records - Top-quality graphic design in Yorktown, VA (email link)
    Iatesta Design - Maryland
    Lawrence Marie, Inc - a full-service graphic design agency (Arlington, VA)
    Leslie Tane Design - Experienced graphic design in Easthampton, MA
    The Mad Hand Arts, Graphics & Design, NY - cd cover design * art for music * fine arts
    Mark Saunders - Electronic Pre-press and design for CD's in Hartford, CT area (email link)
    Mike Diehl - Many major label credits; examples on his site
    Noel Ramos, InterMixx.com - Professional designer for over 23 years who specializes in assisting independent musicians with design and web development (Connecticut).
    Norwest Designs - Specializing in high impact CD graphic design and marketing services. Save with flat development fees - no hourly rates. Quick turnarounds, unmatched customer service and communication.
    ProgArt Media - CD artwork, logotypes and web design by well known Swedish artist Mattias Norén
    Tasha Jackson - Graphic designer in San Diego (e-mail link)
    The Annex Studios - Graphic Design (Dallas area)
    The Graphic Age - Graphic Design (Washington, DC area)
    Rip Bang Pictures - Graphic design from Little Feat to Mary Chapin Carpenter (Washington, DC area)
    Willy Magee Studio - Highly-experienced graphic design in Santa Fe
    Robert Corwin - Nationally renowned photographer specializing in images of folk, blues, world, jazz, and more. (email link)
    Ron Holtz - Photographer with extensive CD-cover experience (Washington, DC area)
    Bailey Rogers - Performance & Cultural Photography
    1st Class Restoration - "Put your old music on CD"
    123 MusicStars.com
    Applause Music Careers - a site describing career opportunities in the music and entertainment production touring industry
    ASCAP - One of the big three performing rights organizations.
    Berkleemusic - Online music school, music career center, and music jobs from Berklee College of Music
    Accountant Bob Bates specializes in musicians' tax issues.
    BMI - The second of the three performing rights organizations
    CyberBridge Marine - distributors of boat/marine/Recording Studio soundproofing products, acoustical vinyl/foam products tuff-mass barrier room sound proofing products.
    Express 1 Fulfillment Warehouse - offers warehousing, storage, inventory management and order fulfillment of your CDs. Shipping individual orders to consumers or case packs to businesses. Central location, only 3 hours from Amazon.com distribution center! 30+ years of honest and dependable service. Small or start-up business as well as large companies welcomed. Fulfillment programs developed for your specific need.
    Finally! Promote your Music Downloads directly to your fans with DownloadCard
    Entertainment Lawyer Paul Hodes, Concord, NH [E-mail link]
    Entertainment & Arts Lawyer Paige Conner Totaro - Washington, DC (E-mail link)
    Gary Ross Productions - CD-ROM authoring, Design & Photography in Kansas City, MO
    Gold Records Custom Made - "Personalized classic awards, elegant, unique, affordable"
    Harry Fox Agency - mechanical licensing clearinghouse
    Independent Music Awards - Does your music deserve to be heard?
    Library of Congress Copyright Information
    MateMedia - Affordable web hosting for musicians and bands -- streaming media plus the storage and bandwidth you need to host your mp3's.
    Music ramblings from Ram Samudrala
    Midnight Music - offers web hosting at CrosstownArts.com
    Music Resources on the Web
    Netwell - soundproofing solutions and noise reduction control - an extensive range of soundproofing products, acoustic panels & more than sixty acoustical soundproofing materials.
    Performing Songwriter - Musician's Career Development
    Rock-n-Roll Web Design - affordable web design, development and hosting for independent musicians.
    Sara Farr - Promotion for rock bands (midwest region and some east coast)(email)
    SESAC - The third of the three performing rights organizations
    SiteWhirks, Inc - Affordable small business web design, shopping carts, custom software - the same company that develops websites for companies such as Nextel
    SMPTE - Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers
    Oasis' special interactive Soundscan form (pdf version--requires Acrobat Reader to download)
    Swallow Hill Music Association - preserving folk and traditional music from around the world in Denver, CO.
    The CD Framers - Turn your CDs and CD artwork into fine art, have them framed!
    U.S. Copyright Office
    Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA)
    WAMA - The Washington Area Music Association
    World Wide Online Creators' Registry Inc. - Helping writers, artists and others affordably protect and archive their copyrights and intellectual property online. Save time and money!

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    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/08/2006 02:56:00 PM   0 comments
    Hip Hop Happenings: Events at the Enoch Pratt Free Library
    Hip Hop Happenings: Events at the Enoch Pratt Free Library

    September - October, 2006
    HIP-HOP HAPPENINGS is made possible by a FREE FALL BALTIMORE grant from the Creative Baltimore Fund, a program of Mayor Martin O'Malley and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.
    Tickets for these FREE programs will be distributed at the door, beginning one hour before each event. Seating is limited.
    Hip-Hop LIVE!, featuring Baltimore's own BOSSMAN and other professional Hip-Hop artists
    Saturday, October 14, 2 p.m. Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium
    WRITING AND DANCE WORKSHOPS FOR TEENS (Teens who complete both the writing and dance workshops will receive a certificate for a free recording session at the James McHenry Recreation Center.)
    Express Yourself: Writing Hip-Hop Lyrics
    Presented by Gayle Danley, national and international slam poetry champion. For her work as a teacher of creative writing in elementary and secondary schools, Gayle was named the 2006 Young Audiences National Artist of the Year. Registration required.

    Wednesday, October 18, 7 p.m.
    James McHenry Recreation Center, 911 Hollins St.
    Call 410-396-5016 to register.
    Thursday, October 19, 5:30 p.m.
    Hamilton Branch
    Call 410-396-6088 to register.
    Saturday, October 21, 2 p.m.
    Central Library, Student Express
    Call 410-396-5484 to register.
    Monday, October 23, 7 p.m.
    C. C. Jackson Recreation Center, 4910 Park Heights Ave.
    Call 410-396-0949 to register.
    Wednesday, October 25, 7 p.m.
    Oliver Recreation Center, 1600 N. Spring St. Call
    410-396-4243 to register.
    Thursday, October 26, 5:30 p.m.
    Light Street Branch
    Call 410-396-1096 to register.
    Monday, October 30,
    7 p.m.
    Barclay Recreation Center, 300 E. 29th St.
    Call 410-396-6073 to register.
    Wednesday, November 1, 4 p.m.
    Pennsylvania Avenue Branch
    Call 410-396-0399 to register.
    Thursday, November 2, 4:30 p.m.
    Cherry Hill Branch
    Call 410-396-1168 to register.
    Hip-Hop Dance Workshops for Teens
    Presented by the Nu World Art Ensemble. Get into the groove! Learn some of the same hip-hop dance moves used by your favorite artists. Professional instructors will teach you how to move, step, and choreograph a dance routine. Wear loose clothes, and be ready to move! Registration required.

    Tuesday, October 10, 4 p.m.
    Light Street Branch
    Call 410-396-1096 to register.
    Monday, October 16, 7 p.m.
    Barclay Recreation Center, 300 E. 29th St.
    Call 410-396-6073 to register.
    Tuesday, October 17, 4 p.m.
    Cherry Hill Branch
    Call 410-396-1168 to register.
    Thursday, October 19, 4 p.m.
    Pennsylvania Avenue Branch
    Call 410-396-0399 to register.
    Tuesday, October 24, 4 p.m.
    Hamilton Branch
    Call 410-396-6088 to register.
    Wednesday, October 25, 6 p.m.
    Central Library
    Call 410-396-5484 to register.
    Wednesday, November 1, 7 p.m.
    James McHenry Recreation Center, 911 Hollins St.
    Call 410-396-5016 to register.
    Thursday, November 2, 7 p.m.
    C.C. Jackson Recreation Center, 4910 Park Heights Ave.
    Call 410-396-0949 to register.
    Friday, November 3, 7 p.m.
    Oliver Recreation Center, 1600 N. Spring St.
    Call 410-396-4243 to register.
    Hip-Hop 101: It's More Than Just Studio Time
    Saturday, October 28, 2 p.m.Central Library, Former Maryland Room

    Mark Carey of Street Legal Entertainment and other experienced hip-hop professionals will talk about the business practices in urban music and how to avoid the pitfalls.
    Meet the Authors Alan Lawrence Sitomer, author of Hip-Hop Poetry and the Classics and Hip Hop High School.
    Alan Lawrence Sitomer is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and award-winning teacher. Alan teaches in an inner-city high school in Los Angeles and also at Loyola Marymount University.
    Friday, October 20, 10:30 a.m.Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium
    Friday, October 20, 3:30 p.m.Pennsylvania Avenue Branch

    Each teen who attends Alan Sitomer's talks will receive a free copy of Hip-Hop Poetry and the Classics at book signings following his lectures.

    Bakari Kitwana, author of The Hip Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African American Culture and Why White Kids Love Hip Hop

    Thursday, November 2, 6:30 p.m.
    Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium

    Bakari Kitwana is the director of Rap Sessions: Community Dialogues on Hip-Hop; the co-founder of the first ever National Hip-Hop Political Convention; and the former executive editor of The Source. He writes a weekly column on hip-hop and youth culture for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. His writings have appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, the Nation, and other publications, and he's lectured on hip-hop at colleges and universities across the country.
    Hip-Hop Showcase
    Saturday, November 18, 2 p.m.
    See what we've learned! Performances by teens who attended the Hip-Hop dance and writing workshops.

    Hip Hop Happenings is presented in partnership with Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, the Maryland Urban Music Alliance, and 92Q.
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/08/2006 11:56:00 AM   0 comments
    TGIF: A message for my fellow HEROINES
    Spiritual Strength of Women

    A Strong Woman
    A strong woman works out every day to keep her body in shape...but a woman of strength kneels in prayer to keep her soul in shape...
    A strong woman isn't afraid of anything ...but a woman of strength shows courage in the midst of her fear...
    A strong woman won't let anyone get the best of her ...but a woman of strength gives the best of herself to everyone...
    A strong woman makes mistakes and avoids the same in the future...but a woman of strength realizes life's mistakes can also be God's blessings and capitalizes on them...
    A strong woman walks sure footedly...but a woman of strength knows God will catch her when she falls...
    A strong woman wears the look of confidence on her face...but a woman of strength wears grace...
    A strong woman has faith that she is strong enough for the journey...but a woman of strength has faith that it is in the journey that she will become strong...
    To all my ladies out here holding it down on your own two....KEEP YA HEADZ UP!!!
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/08/2006 11:00:00 AM   0 comments
    & ......IT DON'T STOP!!! (Golden Seal @ SONAR 8.30.06 )



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    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/08/2006 09:42:00 AM   0 comments
    + Deep Flow TV will be in the buildin!

    I am really looking forward to seeing Jinx perform! He was one of the most memorable Style Warz competitors we ever had.....
    Big Ups to Dream Big CEO!!! I see you hustlin mayne!
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/08/2006 08:54:00 AM   0 comments
    M-1 (DEAD PREZ)

    R = RED
    B = BLACK
    G = GREEN
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/08/2006 08:35:00 AM   0 comments
    Sep 7, 2006
    N'Dambi with Groove Stu


    5 PM - 6 PM FREE

    6 PM - 7 PM $5

    7 PM - 8 PM $10 (w/ OPEN BAR)


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    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/07/2006 03:13:00 PM   0 comments
    DMX postponed until 10.14.06

    My sincerest apologies go out to The Kartel & South Paw (especially!). I know how forward you all were looking to this show! The 14th will be here before you know it! Keep ya headz up!
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/07/2006 01:18:00 PM   0 comments
    This N Dat!

    This news may come as a sad sad surprise for many of you (in particular, ROLLIE FINGAZ...LOL!)....

    Sony delays PS3 launch till March....WTF NEXT???!!!! hahahahahAHHAHAhHAH! Get ova it!
    Well....here's a lil something for the techies to drool over! RIM Announces the BlackBerry Pearl

    This is one of the wackiest Hollywood stories ever. I cannot wait to see how this lil gurl grows up. She is a cutie pie tho! She looks a lot like Katie if you ask me. Check out lil Baby Suri

    New Steele TV spot features hip-hopper

    The 60-second TV commercial features footage from a recent fundraiser that Mr. Simmons hosted in Baltimore for Mr. Steele.

    It shows Mr. Simmons onstage in a T-shirt and blue jeans, saying: "The lieutenant governor is clear on his mission. He said he wants to fight poverty and ignorance ... Now I'm here to endorse him."
    I am REALLY not sure how much this is gonna sway my vote.

    Cummings gets a 'free pass' this election season .....its true, but that doesn't mean its WRONG. This man spoke at my college graduation...he bought me to tears! You have my vote ELIJAH!

    What is it about the Baraka School that is still captivates people years after it closed....Africa vs. the 'hood
    So many families displaced by Katrina are starting over in Charm City. Walk with the Sun Paper as they take a look ...... One year later: Diary of a disaster

    The internet is a crazy yet wonderful thing. I was for some reason looking up Jim Jones (the rapper) and found a more interesting article on Jim Jones (the cult leader) which made reference to Father Divine ( a famous black religious leader and central figure in a play that Kelly and I attended at Center Stage a few months ago). I'm reading the article about his life and it made references to a part of Rockville known as Monkey Run (his home town and now affluent area of Baltimore County) which happens to have a rich African American History. Today, I learned of a lil school house that meant so much to so many in Harford County. Check out this amazing story......

    A school, a legacy restored

    Ribbon-cutting to mark rebirth of schoolhouse as historical museum

    'Monster Garage' meets extreme cake decorating Another chef has joined the reality TV frenzy. Duff Goldman -- described as "a master cake decorator, rock musician, power tool aficionado" -- stars in "Ace of Cakes," beginning 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, on the Food Network. Goldman is also allegedly a former graffiti artist with degrees in philosophy and physics who paid his dues at places such as The French Laundry in California's Napa Valley.
    Every week, he and his team of artists at Charm City Cakes in Baltimore make "mind-blowing" creations, some of which are motorized, such as a rolling replica of a Jeep Wrangler. You lucky viewers are also promised insane deadlines, temper tantrums, aggressive brides and collapsing cakes.
    As tasty as that sounds, we strongly advise not letting your children watch, or they will forever be nagging you for a birthday cake on wheels.
    Check out this other GREAT article!
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/07/2006 01:18:00 PM   0 comments
    Good Hip Hop must contain a degree of social consciousness
    As of yesterday, at least 2,637 members of the U.S. military have died since the Iraq war began in March 2003. Several brave Marylanders are among them. May God rest their souls and watch over their families.

    Most recently:

    Staff Sgt. Dwayne E. Williams, 28, Baltimore; killed Thursday in combat in Anbar province; assigned to 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force; Okinawa, Japan.
    Spc. Thomas J. Barbieri, 24, Gaithersburg, killed Aug. 23 near Baghdad by small-arms fire; assigned to the Army's 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division; Fort Bragg, N.C.
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/07/2006 12:41:00 PM   0 comments
    Food 4 Thought: Let the sista speak!
    Black community, Leaders, gangsta mentality
    A Rallying Cry From a Sista
    By Felicia (Fee) Benamon
    Thursday, September 7, 2006
    To those in the black community...
    Black men, black women! Where are our strong leaders? Where are those who are willing to pick up the baton from those who've toiled and worked to give us the freedom we have today? There is a blight affecting the black community, and as a people, we've got to pick ourselves up! We have only ourselves to blame!

    As leaders within our homes, within our churches, and other areas of society, all of us have a part in making sure that we undergird our children, and help them to become productive members of American society, that they put something back into this nation and bless it. In turn, black communities will be blessed. But that's not happening.

    Our black brothers and sisters are in trouble on so many fronts.

    In the black community, many of those at the helm have dropped the ball. Immorality at all levels has crept in, and the signs of immense suffering show. AIDS is now an overwhelming crisis, children born out of wedlock is at 70%, kids are growing up in broken homes, high school dropout rates among blacks are at 10.9% (according to the National Center for Education Statistics in the year 2001), crime and drug use is rampant and hyped in popular culture, and corruption among leaders is a big problem.

    While I am no big fan of the Rev. Al Sharpton, and don't share his politics, he made a poignant statement at the National Association of Black Journalists. Sharpton pointed out how Hollywood and the music industry portray the "gangsta" mentality as being cool and hip.

    "We have got to get out of this gangster mentality, acting as if gangsterism and blackness are synonymous," demanded Sharpton.

    "...that challenge has to be given to Hollywood and the record industry. I think we've allowed a whole generation of young people to feel that if they're focused, they're not black enough. If they speak well and act well, they're acting white, and there's nothing more racist than that."

    Sharpton has not been the only black celebrity to speak out against the ills in the black community. Bill Cosby has been vilified by some in the black community for speaking out about the irresponsibility of black parents for not emphasizing education and implementing discipline in their homes. But that is certainly true, and sometimes, the truth hurts and people can't take it. The result, they lash back.

    It ought not to be that way.

    Cosby has traveled the country, giving speeches to young people about social issues affecting them today. He recently spoke to kids at an elementary school in West Baltimore about the issue of teen pregnancy.

    "If you hear a female say, 'I want to have something that loves me,' stop her, stop her quickly. Duct tape her to the closet. This is no time to fool around. You can't dump this (baby) on your mother, you can't dump this on your grandmother," said Cosby.

    At Coppin State University where he attended an event called "Fatherhood Works," Cosby addressed absent fathers. "This is a great evening because we're calling on men to come claim their children. And that's part of being a man. You cannot be a man at all if you haven't claimed your child."

    "Some of you have three, four, five of them. You have more children than you have jobs."

    Cosby's comments were warmly received during each speech..as they should be.

    It's time for young blacks to rise. If you are an adult, given the important position to lead, it is imperative that you keep your slate as clean as possible; you are leading a people, and they look up to you.

    I am also reminded of Tyler Perry's influential and powerful plays and dramas, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, and Medea's Family Reunion. These plays have helped people deal with touchy situations and have helped heal wounds.

    While I am SO glad for those who have stood up and "told it like it is" regardless of what people said, and for those who are bold to touch a subject that will make people cringe, there are still FAR less people who are willing to "go there" and stand up for what is decent and moral, and issue a warning about the way society is headed... the way the black community is headed.

    How can there be a change in direction if no one is willing to wake us from our slumber and say, "Hey, something is wrong. Our communities are suffering; we need to look at what we are doing." Yes, it's time for a change.

    Let's think of those who have gone before us... activists, inventors, inspirational leaders who have defined black Americans, those who have given us an example to follow. What would they think of the condition of blacks in America today, and the overall lack of apathy of those in charge?

    Whether it's the black community, or any community within America today, it is the duty of adults, us as parents, to be a positive role model for the next generation.

    Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. --Proverbs 22:6 KJV

    It is not the government's job to raise them, it's our job. We need to teach accountability, and it starts with the adults. Some adults will need to take a serious look at themselves first and determine if they are being a light or a hindrance to others. That is the only way to get our children back on track and heal our homes. It starts with the adults first.

    Can the black community come back from its bondage? Let's rise to the occasion and expect more from ourselves!

    A Black Sista who is tired of all the madness
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/07/2006 12:19:00 PM   0 comments
    Sep 6, 2006
    ITS BALTIMORE BABY (8.30.06)






    Photos courtesy of Ones on the Move



    For more pics of this event and many of Baltimore's other great events, please visit Brownstyle.net

    check me out on MYSPACE @ www.myspace.com/clove or www.myspace.com/itsbaltimorebaby
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/06/2006 07:15:00 PM   0 comments
    XXL.com shows Bossman LOVE
    Monday, August 28th, 2006
    Bossman "A-Yo"
    The B'More MC leaks a new track from his upcoming Virgin Records debut Law & Order.

    &..... it sound like "the people" are FEELIN HIM!!!
    What do you all think about the song? I wonder what Mully thinks...LOL! I had to say that! I know people were thinkin it
    I know this might be silly, but is the saying, "A-yo" or "Eh Yurp"
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/06/2006 03:10:00 PM   0 comments
    Hip Hop DJs are NEEDED!!!
    Battle with the best and show off your talents. We need deejays to battle old school style at the Mixtape Competition on Sept. 16, 2006 in Washington, DC.
    Also, we need a deejay to spin for our live performers at the Hip Hop Journalism Summit and Black Press All Star awards. Must have own equipment and be the best in Baltimore! If you think you got what it takes, lend your talents and you could get national exposure.
    Sept 15, 2006
    including one from BOSSMAN
    Awards Luncheon
    12 noon until 3 p.m.
    Workshops: Hip Hop Media Ethics Debate, Entertainment 101: Breaking into the Industry Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards hotel
    Sept 15 (Black Speed Dating) 9 p.m. until 1 a.m.
    Sept 16 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
    Workshop: Emergency Hip Hop Violence Townhall Meeting Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards hotel
    Sept 16 Mixtape Competition at FUR Nightclub's VIP Mafia Room 8 p.m. until 11 p.m.
    Sept 17 Girls Empowerment Brunch Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards hotel
    Panelists from radio stations, TV stations, hip hop magazines, record labels and more! You'll get an article written on you on BlackPressMagazine.com and HipHopViolence.com plus be VIP all weekend long!
    Interested? Call 646-322-3047 for DC Livers or 812-604-0811 for Quan Lynch. You can email us at hiphopjournalists@yahoo.com
    &...............check me out on MYSPACE @ www.myspace.com/clove or www.myspace.com/itsbaltimorebaby
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/06/2006 03:01:00 PM   0 comments
    What's going on!! (9.6.06)

    Looks like crooked cops can't deal with the time either....WOW!

    After securing the services of legal eagle, Paul Gardner, Young City is out of the bookings .

    Lionel Ritchie is coming
    5-Nov Baltimore, MD Symphony Hall

    Baltimore's HBCUs are really making moves!!! Morgan attracts a dynamic new teacher. I have got to meet this man!

    OH MY!!!

    Diddy and girlfriend expecting twins
    Hip-hop mogul announced pregnancy last month
    September 6, 2006

    NEW YORK // Sean "Diddy" Combs and his longtime girlfriend, model Kim Porter, are expecting twins, the hip-hop mogul's spokeswoman confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday.

    Combs, 36, and Porter, 35, announced the pregnancy last month. They have an 8-year-old son Christian, and Combs has a 12-year-old son Justin from a previous relationship.

    In an "emergency announcement" video posted Monday on his Myspace.com page, Combs (shown outdoors, flanked by the glamorous Porter) broke the news. "Two more Combs. Two! World, you're in trouble now," he said, calling himself a "champion."

    The couple learned of the double pregnancy during a recent trip to the doctor after Combs became concerned that Porter "looked kinda big for the amount of months she is."

    "The doctor told me and Kim, and I'm telling you right now, no press announcement, I'm just telling people in my family, that I'm having twins. It is official," he said.

    His new album, "Press Play," is slated for release in October.

    I wonder is 50 going to say something about this?
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/06/2006 12:49:00 PM   0 comments
    IBB (8.30.06) City Paper "Feedback"
    My sincerest THANKS go out to Jess Harvell at the Baltimore City Paper for the "Feedback". I truly appreciate the fact that you gave the "good" with the "bad" - thanks for keeping it real!!! This is exactly the kinda of input I really need to grow as a player in the entertainment biz. <<SHUCKS>> The story is not available on-line yet...so make sure yall go out and grab a copy of the paper that hit newstands today!!! Jefferson J. Steele....I love the pics too!!! Big Ups to all the performers that tore it down at the 2nd ItsBaltimoreBaby LIVE showcase!!! DNA, ONLY, MULLY MAN, SKARR AKBAR, JENEBA SUMA, DON BRODY & GOLDEN SEAL. You all are SUPER STARS (in my book!!!) and I soooo look forward to the day when I can say I knew yall back when.

    THANK YOU!!!
    THANK YOU!!!
    Big Ups to Rob @ Brownstyle.net for coming to the show, taking these wonderful pictures and posting them on your site!!!
    YOU ROCK!!!

    I'll be adding something really special to the music player as soon as I get a chance!!! This month's show is gonna be a doozie!!!
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/06/2006 11:35:00 AM   0 comments
    Sep 5, 2006
    Pro&Reg present Bricks to B-more feat. TameOne. Their first single from Addiktive/Pro&Reg recordings will be released on vinyl October 17th for college radio.
    The single will be available for purchase at www.proandreg.com where you can check the songs out in their entirety now. The vinyl will also be available at Soundgarden music in Baltimore MD as well as other D.C., VA, and MD record stores. The individual songs from the vinyl will also be available for on line purchase on itunes, rhapsody, reddotradio.com and all other major Internet sites for downloading music.
    Once the vinyl drops the songs will be replaced with free download songs for fans and new listeners to record and enjoy for themselves while awaiting the full length release of Pro&Reg's album on Compact Disc.
    Check out the music at www.proandreg.com
    Check out Pro&Reg on October 15th at Sonar Night club (407 e saratoga street Baltimore MD) with Del and A plus from Hieroglyphics
    Check out Knomatik's Taiek Chi w/ DJ Addikt at the ottobar (2549 n howard street Baltimore MD) with Subtle
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/05/2006 06:38:00 PM   0 comments
    R.I.P. MATE
    The animal conservationalist movement has lost another soldier. I AM GOING TO MISS THIS GUY!!! My prayers go out to his wife and 2 children.
    WARNING: "Crocodile Hunter" Death Extremely Rare, Caught on Film

    check me out on MYSPACE @ www.myspace.com/clove or www.myspace.com/itsbaltimorebaby
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/05/2006 01:36:00 PM   1 comments
    Random N.E.W.S.

    Tear the club up
    How Baltimore and Aaron LaCrate are going to save club music
    Rocawear plans new label that goes beyond hip hop. Speakin of the ROC....looks like Beans may have faked his shooting (oh my!)

    ($35 @ SONAR)
    Thursday, September 7, 2006 8:00PM
    with local openers: South Paw Ent & The Kartel
    Baltimore, MD
    just around the corner.....
    SELAH CHIC will be tearing it down at Fletchers (701 S. Bond St. , Baltimore, MD). I am so very excited for her. She is debuting her new band. This is going to be a real treat! I love this girl's style.

    Dream Big Recordings is having a show later this month at the 5 Seasons! Big Ups to the CEO (I haven't talked to you in a minute & Jinx!) I guess I'll finally get a copy of the mixtape. Amotion of Deep Flow TV will be hosting.....this promises to be a hot shot! Lots of up and coming talent! I sure hope TM is performing - what up boo!
    Big Ups to Pluck and Reggie (Milestone Media) for keeping their ONE MIC MC Battle series alive. I judged the talent show these guys organized at the Arena Players a few month back and enjoyed myself tremendously. MCS: click on the ONE MIC link and sign up today!
    DJ EXCEL is at it again! The NEW "LIVE FROM YESTERDAY" MIX CD (click on the title for purchasing info.) is NOW AVAILABLE. When I get the CD cover...Ima put it up!
    Shout outs:
    Shaka Pitts (Spitters Club)
    Joe Davidge - I know this is late, but it was so nice to finally meet you!
    Awok - Keep making that great music! Keep smiling too!
    EJ - Welcome to MYSPACE! This is a VERY VERY GOOD THING!!!
    Tony Bosco - AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! you are too sweet! Thanks for the message boo!
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/05/2006 10:55:00 AM   0 comments
    Russell Simmons says "VOTE STEELE"
    There have been numerous news stories circulating during the last few weeks regarding the "CEO of Hip Hop"'s endorsement of Steele. Regardless of what side you fall on the issue....I think it is monumental that Russell Simmon's opinion is so valued.
    Primary Election - September 12, 2006
    General Election - November 7, 2006
    As posted on The Industry Co-sign:

    Personal statement from Russell Simmons on Lt Gov Michael Steele
    Written by Russell Simmons
    Monday, 04 September 2006
    The following is a personal statement from Russell Simmons issued August 31, 2006.
    Ending Poverty and Ignorance in America and Throughout the World: Significance of the Steele for U.S. Senate Campaign in MarylandBy Russell SimmonsSome of my liberal friends and associates are quite upset with me for personally endorsing Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele for the United States Senate. Steele is conservative and a Republican. I am an Independent who has, in the past, supported numerous Democratic candidates with the recent exception of my endorsement of the re-election of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a moderate Republican.
    At a time when the ranks of the poor and impoverished across America and throughout the world are on a steady increase, I am going to support and endorse those political leaders who are bold enough to commit publicly to playing an active leadership role in building an effective legislative strategy to end poverty and ignorance. Real leadership, however, should not be limited, solely defined or circumscribed only by political party affiliation.
    Hip-hop culture is global and universal. It not only transcends race, ethnicity, class, gender, geography, religion and national boundaries, hip-hop also transcends established political parties. Hip-hop is inclusive, not exclusive, of all of the realities that impact the quality of life of millions of people who daily cry out for a better way of life.
    I was pleased to witness Michael Steele as a statewide official taking action in Maryland during the last four years to reform mandatory minimum sentencing laws, initiate educational programs for incarcerated youth, increase access to minority community economic development, clean up the environment and develop alternative energy sources, as well as support equal, high-quality education for all in the public school system. My attention was focused on these accomplishments and the fact that Steele kept the promises and commitments that he had made to the voters.
    Steele's criticism of President Bush and the war in Iraq further exemplifies that Steele is an independent thinker and leader who is not chained or bridled by the neoconservatives of the Republican Party. Of course, I know that no politician is perfect and there are many issues that Steele and I do not agree on. What's important to me is that I believe, after reviewing his track record, Michael Steele will be a leader in the U.S. Senate toward making ending poverty and ignorance a clear priority.
    Love is neither liberal nor conservative; it is what God gives to us all. Love requires justice, fairness and openness for new ways of making a difference in the quality of life for all people everywhere. One of my mentors, Dr. Benjamin Chavis, encouraged me to directly connect my daily private practice of Yoga to my public actions and endorsements. Dr. Ben was with me when I made the trip to Baltimore to announce my support of Lt. Gov. Steele. In one of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, it is written, "The practice of concentration on a single subject is the best way to prevent the obstacles and their accompaniments." In other words, a singular focus or concentration on ending poverty is a necessary commitment by anyone who is serious about this issue.
    That night Steele announced, "I declare a new agenda for America; an anti-poverty agenda - an economic empowerment agenda that I will take with me to the United States Senate - because empowerment creates opportunity that poverty will never let you see. To tell you the truth, not enough people in either party are willing to even say the word 'poverty' ... much less do anything about it. To begin, unlike a lot of Republicans, I believe we need to raise the minimum wage."
    Great movements for change always require taking risks and acting outside the close-minded boxes of society. Building an effective anti-poverty movement will need many elected officials like Steele and many others from different constituencies from across the nation and throughout the world. Let's stay focused. Don't get distracted by party labels. Let us all work together and share responsibly in God's love for all. Let's end poverty and ignorance!
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 9/05/2006 10:30:00 AM   0 comments
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