I recently read an article on the importance of black philanthropy. It really got me to thinking about my plan for actually making the dream of giving back to my high school al ma mater, St. Frances Academy
, a reality. It was so refreshing to open the paper yesterday to find out that one of Baltimore School for the Arts' most famous alumnae, Jada Pinket-Smith, had donated 1 MILLION DOLLARS
!!! Hot damn!
Way to set a precedent!!!
issue......I hope it will be cleared up soon:
".........the 90-seat theater will bear Pinkett Smith's name and not Tupac Amaru Shakur's, a classmate of hers, as she reportedly asked ( according to several accounts).
I can see why the school might object. But they if no one else
should recognize that Tupac was an artist and that his life and death have nothing at all to do with who he was as a man and how many lives he has impacted with his music and poetry. Who knows
.....naming the center after him may inspire some "lost" child to persue the arts. I love Jada for doing this. I hope she insists on the buidling being named for him. Jada, please continue to set a wonderful example of how to be a black woman of whom we can all be proud .........and thanks for never forgetting Baltimore
.TRUTH BE TOLD: HER 1 MILLION DOLLAR DONATION WILL END UP EARNING HER 2. YA HAVE TO SPEND IT TO MAKE IT! ...& when you got dough cheese like the Smiths....ya get the drift
Will Smith was honored recently for his accomplishments and for his portrayal of a single father in The Pursuit of Happyness. Jada spoke with so much love for him.....
I admire them tremendously.
She said thanks for showing this little fatherless girl from Baltimore about the love of a man.
Awwwwwwwwwwwwh! Where is my Will? Come awn, baby!!
Congrats to Mully Man.....It's good to see this guy get some shine.
Show is hip to Baltimore's undiscovered rappers
"After Leyh licensed three of Mullyman's songs for this season -- "Bodymore Soldiers," "That's the Sound (aka Ayyyeerrppp!!! Song)" and "The Life, the Hood, the Street" -- the rapper says he was contacted by three major labels."
to find out how you too can take your music career to another level.
I see that Baltimore is starting to register on the Rashad Ollison periphery. That is a major step in the right direction. Still not quite a local hip hop story...........at least he got the facts right (he messed up a lil with the recent BOSSMAN story....I know I'm picky). Next..........I'd love to see the Sun Pop Music Critic at an actual event. If you're reading this R.O. .......12/22/06 @ THE NEW TURNTABLE CLUB "HIP HOP KARAOKE" <------- This will be good fun! Plus....you can meet me. I'll be there paying tribute to the first guy that made it sexy to be fat, black and ashy, Notorious B.I.G.
*For all my theater lovers.........
Hurricane Katrina Play Held Over In New York Before Heading To Baltimore
OK...this isn't exactly local.... I will admit
did you know that Foxy Brown was 31
I sure didn't wow!
These rappers are getting old or are they slowly adjusting the actual age vs industry age over time via publications? She was younger than me once upon a time (No Joke!!!), but now she is older...LOL! my, my funny math is real!!*
Foxy Brown's Latest Command Appearance DAYUUUUM
He made an ass of him self when he threw a temper tantrum
after not winning the award he "wanted" at the MTV European Music Awards
*It didn't matter that Kanye was named Best Hip-Hop artist, he wanted more.
Source: hip hop dx
So when they annouced the winner for the Best Video category, for which 'Ye was nominated with Touch The Sky, and it wasn't his, he decided to take action.*
While the award was being presented to Justice vs Simian for We Are Your Friends, Kanye bumrushed the Copenhagen stage and launched into a tirade.*
"If I don't win, the award show loses credibility," Kanye shouted amongst his expletive laced rant. Adding he should have won the award because Touch The Sky "cost a million dollars, Pamela Anderson was in it. I was jumping across canyons."*
.....now all of his words are coming back to haunt him. I thought the only back lash would be that more ppl would start calling him gay.....I never anticipated this:
Evel Knievel sues Kanye West over video
*What are they putting in the water down there?
Bryan Burkert's music store in Fells Point defies the odds in a downloaded world
RIHANNA named the new face of COVER GIRL!!!
Did you know that the world famous CG cosmetic line started right
here in Bmore, babay!
RAW DOC PRESENTS ...........THE RIDERS CUP
(MC BATTLE) @ CLUB NOSTALGIA (PREVIOUSLY KNOWN AS THE SPITTERS CLUB
PHILLY VS BALTIMORE
JUMPING OFF DECEMBER 15TH
In response to the numerous e-mails I recieved regarding the BOOSIE
show....I will tell ya what I know
I have not talked to the promoter, but I did speak with a security guard and several roving reporters........so PLEASE
consider this all TO BE hearsay.......... LIL BOOSIE // WEBBIE did not perform this past Saturday at Sonar. They were in the building, but did not EVER
take the stage.
Ebony Elle and I arrived about 11:30 PM (we only wanted to see Skarr for real!!!) and there was a large group of people congregating around the front door. The parking lot was full. The turn out was exceptional. Before gettin in line....we asked security what was the deal....why were so many ppl standing out side...was the show sold out. At the same time police vehicles (including the patty wagon) were pulling up blocking off traffic on Saratoga Street (you could not make a left turn from Gaye). Security informed us that they club was being shut down because 100 ppl had just rushed the door. WTF? EVERYONE
looked stressed. Folks with tickets in hand were cussing.....po po was blaring their horns telling ppl to move. The scene was gettin crazy outside....we decided to get out of there ASAP. Folks were calling my name from all directions...LOL
! I didn't know anything...LOL! Plus.... I hate when ppl see me before I see them. I feel like I am at such a disadvantage. Time to go! Yes!....I was a lil noid.
Next........we went over to Joe Pizza Squared on North and Howard for a lil music (shout out to Cut Man Lord Kaseem!!! I am so glad to see that the event is not only continuing, but growing by leaps and bounds everytime I come through. The ULTIMATE ladies night, Saturdays at Joe Pizza 3 means 2 for 1 Drinks ALL NIGHT!!! I got in for free and ordered two Tequilla Sunrises and it only set me back $2.60. P.S. I only drank one...gave Kariz the other...LOL!
You can't get any better than that!!)
Ebony texted me like 3:00 am talking about a friend of hers told her that a sound man was stabbed...... WTF???
M! After I prayed that he/she was well (I really did!)..............I hoped to God that this didn't reflect badly on Bmore Hip Hop as a whole. <----------- why do I even care about that?
More details were needed, but it would have to wait until the a.m. (that and the fact that no one would answer my text messages)
The next evening (Sunday) we went back to the club because Eb needed to get a ticket for the Lupe Fiasco show ( I am soooooo broke yall.....I didn't have any money so I didn't go. I really should be eligible for a press pass by now. I need to work on that!
). We saw the same security guard so we pressed up on him for more details.
No sound man was stabbed thank goodness....he was given his own security detail for the evening (folk kept threatening him when he would turn the music off...WTF is that!?).... just 2 other un named black people (you know they were black because I haven't heard one thing about this show anywhere.....LOL!) That's how much we are desensitized to violence and how commonplace it is in Charm City.
No one OFFICIALLY performed.........I heard some conflicting stories regarding whether Skarr performed or not....I asked him if he performed via text message and his response was "YUP"....LOL! Security says that people basically took over the stage (all the security were called to the front when the crowd rushed in.........WTF?). In his words, "it was a jungle. people were standing on the bars......intimidating the bartenders....it was a mess"
And you wonder why they think we are animals?
One of my many informants (for the purpose of this story...we'll call her X) told me that someone we ALL know......was responsible for banging the final nail in the "show coffin" and was ultimately responsible for the main show being canceled....I won't speak on it cause its not a good look for them. X said that there was some kind of unorganized cypher going on and no one wanted to give up the mic. I can only imagine!!! I feel real bad for the ppl that travelled a great distance to see Lil Boosie and Webbie. These guys have a lot of fans!!! I am not that familiar with these guys, but based on the crowd that awaited their arrival....I am apparently the one that is NOT in the loop.
This show was NOT a good look for Bmore. It was great that we are starting to be considered when acts are touring, but reports of pandemonium will surly deter others from coming and socializing in the future. Why don't more ppl understand that crime is DETRIMENTAL to tourism. Folk need to stop acting a damn fool and wonder why we can't get ahead.
I hope the club learned a valuable lesson.....50 unarmed security guards for 1000 N.W.A.s was not enough (the 20 they had on hand were unfortunately destined for failure). So for real...for real.....they must share in in the blame for what took place.
....I hope that in the future I too can come out and find out about a new up and coming artist without feeling like I might get CUT.
SORRY!!! I don't know how you can get your money back!
I don't know if they are coming back!
I heard folk was paying $80 - 100 to get in - that is so foolish! You almost deserved to lose your money...LOL!
^^^^THIS FOLKS IS THAT BULL SH*T!!!
The saddest part of all this is that there are prolly more ppl that had a BALL that night (chaos and all) than there are ppl that see how this night really set us back a bit!
What else....what else?
Oh.....I heard the Lupe show was off the hook! I heard that not only is he a great performer, but that he is hella sexy! WOW!
Saw Golden Seal out and about recently ( Hey Jah-Li and Reflect Son)
Jeneba Suma cut her dreds!!! Yup Yup!
Boo Man is the latest recipient of the Jackie Ruth Lanier Award. CONGRATS!!! Shout out to Team Fifty for making this happen!!
Please keep Mr. Ike Carter's family in your prayers. His lil sister was in a near-fatal car accident over the weekend. She is a beautiful young lady who has a long road ahead of her. I am here if you need me, my friend.
HAPPY B-DAY MR. NANCE (Head Nod Entertainment)!!! I wish you many more!!! I'll see you tonight @ the "get together" in Little Italy! I really can't wait!!!
Can't think of any more important tidbits to share.....so I'll check you ghood folks lata!