|Thurs, April 15, 2010 at 2:22 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Cleveland Cavaliers star center/rapper Shaquille O'Neal has sent a letter to executives at VH1, demanding that they shut down production of his wife's reality show, "Basket Ball Wives."
According to lawyers for Shaq, certain episodes of the show violate confidentiality agreements between Shaq and his former wife Shaunie, who are in the process of divorcing.
The second episode of the show will reportedly focus on their broken relationship, something Shaq and his lawyers are challenging.
Shaq's lawyer Michael J. Kump demanded that VH1 remove all references of Shaq from the show, or risk violating the court-ordered agreement.
Kump stated that Shaunie's reality series amounted to nothing more than "televised revenge."
While the estranged couple reached a divorce settlement last month, the decision has not been finalized by Florida courts.
The new episode of the show is slated to run April 18th. As of press time, VH1 executives have not made a comment.
Shaq is still facing a cyber stalking lawsuit filed against him by Orlando, Florida model Vanessa Lopez, who claims the basketball star harassed her after their relationship ended in September of 2009.
Lopez claims Shaq spoofed her cellphone in order to gain access to her voicemail without using a password.
Shaq, who owns the Deja 34 Hip-Hop label, has denied all charges and labeled the accusations a "fanciful tale that has...More SHAQ
|Fri, February 26, 2010 at 2:49 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Wal-Mart is being scrutinized for its decision to include a number of Hip-Hop documentaries in promotional displays for Black History Month, while rejecting a documentary on the history of blacks in the military.
According to a report in The Chicago-Sun Times, the retailing giant rejected For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Patriots, a four-hour documentary by Frank Martin, from displays promoting Black History Month.
Th project, which took Martin 10 years to complete, is hosted by Halle Berry and narrated by Avery Brooks.
A number of top Hollywood actors appear in the documentary, including John Travolta, Danny Glover, Walter Kronkite, Angela Bassett, and the late Ossie Davis.
Wal-Mart is displaying DVD's like Ice Cube's The Player's Club and Thug Angel - Tupac Shakur.
"To not include that but to include the gangster rap things just seems crazy to me," Martin told The Chicago-Sun Times. "It just defies logic. At a time when we need to influence young people...More Wal-Mart/Black History Month
|Sun, February 21, 2010 at 12:01 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Eve is the latest artist to run into tax troubles, as the rapper/actresses tax bill recently landed online.
According to The Detroit News, Eve owes over $357,000 to the IRS in deliquent state and federal taxes.
The IRS in Los Angeles filed two liens against her in January 2008, one for $242,245 and another for $56,597.
In January of 2009, the Los Angeles IRS filed two more liens against Eve, one for $29,439 and other for $29,059.
In January of 2010, Eve placed her four bedroom, five bathroom Los Angeles mansion up for sale for $2,295,000.
In February, it was revealed that Eve was a part of the federal government's investigation into her ex-boyfriend, Teodorin Nguema Obiang, son of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea.
Obiang is accused of setting up a number of front companies, including one in honor of Eve named Sweet Pink Inc.
He then allegedly laundered hundreds of millions of dollars in corrupt funds that were reportedly illegally diverted from...More EVE
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|Wed, February 03, 2010 at 6:49 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Rapper/activist/reality show star Fonzworth Bentley has teamed with Jet Magazine for a column with the upcoming relaunch of JET Magazine.
Today (February 3), JET revealed a brand new strategy and unveiled a new logo, new sections and a new layout for the magazine, which will feature Trey Songz on the cover of the relaunch.
The changes are the most significant the magazine has made to its layout since its original launch in 1951.
Bentley's JET column will touch on topics that directly impact Black America, along with new columnists Dr. Ian Smith and Warren Ballentine.
"As a world-class media company, we will solidify JET's position as an innovator and leader in the African-American marketplace by offering expanded content that will entertain, inform and extend our readership footprint of the brand in a smart way," Linda Johnson Rice, chairman and CEO, told AllHipHop.com in a statement.
"We will continue to build our communication platforms to engage our audiences and address evolving consumer needs," Rice added.
JET Magazine is the #1 African-American newsweekly in...More FONZWORTH/JET Magazine
|Tue, January 05, 2010 at 10:45 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Entertainment mogul Devyne Stephens ended 2009 with a sizable $300,000 donation to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and a pledge to launch a year-long awareness campaign throughout 2010.
Stephens, who is credited with signing and discovering Akon and T-Pain, is also vice president of Akon's Konvict Muzik record label.
The announcement and donation were made on December 29 at the organization's Annual Christmas Gala, named "Puttin' on the Ritz: The Top Hat Affair," which also featured Atlanta notables Jermaine Dupri, Monica, Yung Joc, and Mayor Kasim Reed.
"Helping to make the Children's at Hughes Spalding dream a reality means the world to me," explained Upfront Megatainment chairman and founder Devyne Stephens to AllHipHop.com. "I've always been a strong believer in investing in the future, and the future is our children. I'm extremely honored to be collaborating with Children's at Hughes Spalding and to officially launch Devyne Intervention around such a worthy cause. I look forward to the months ahead and working with the Children's team."
Stephens' Devyne Intervention foundation aims to inspire and empower young people through music education. Based primarily in the state of Georgia, the organization will offer writer's workshops that focus on song construction, arranging, and performance.
The Children's Healthcare Chair of Trustees praised Stephen's efforts, detailing that their goal to raise $43 million in capital was secured mostly through the efforts of private citizens.
"With a long history as the medical home...More DEVYNE STEPHENS
|Thurs, December 24, 2009 at 4:38 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Multi-platinum songstress Mary J. Blige is rebuking reports that she punched her husband Kendu Isaacs in the face Tuesday night at her NYC album release party.
According to initial reports from anonymous "sources," the fight occurred when Isaacs was seen flirting with several female waitresses, causing Blige to strike and taunt him.
"She turned to him and was screaming, 'You're not going to ruin my night,' " an alleged witness told the NY Post. "They got up in each other's faces before someone tried to separate them, at which point she shoved the guy aside, pulled back and popped [Isaacs] in the face. She was yelling at him, 'What are you gonna do, Chris Brown me?'"
From there, Blige's bodyguards were...More MARY J. BLIGE
|Sun, December 13, 2009 at 2:22 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Lil Wayne's upscale Miami apartment is proving a difficult sell due to the superstar emcee's predilection for marijuana.
The NY Post reports that the New Orleans native has been renting the 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment from a landlord who has listed the property for $520,000.
The marijuana issue became public knowledge after several prospective buyers were taken aback by the signature aroma when visiting the home.
"My fiancée and I called to make an appointment to see it, and the broker, deadpan, goes, 'I have two questions: Are you offended by the smell of marijuana?" an unidentified couple told the NY Post. "And do you mind coming late in the afternoon? It's currently rented by Lil Wayne, and these are not morning people."
Although the couple was initially taken aback by the apartment's abundance of scantily-clad women, they praised the Grammy-winning rapper for his neatness.
"Once we got there, a member of Wayne's posse opened the door to the overwhelming smell of marijuana. Two hot, rap-video-looking girls were walking around in nothing but a bra and underwear, blasting hip-hop. We just went in and looked around...More LIL WAYNE
|Fri, November 06, 2009 at 12:47 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
After announcing in 2008 the creation of Better Black Television (BBTV), entrepreneur P.Miller has been hard at work getting the fledgling network off the ground.
As chairman and CEO, Miller has promised to debut a network the covers the full spectrum of the African-American experience in news, politics, movies, teen/children's educational programming, animation, and sports.
When asked whether BBTV was a response to the complaints leveled at networks such as BET, Miller explained that his project is more so about creating a new, distinct message.
"I don't think it's a response, but it fills a void," Miller told AllHipHop.com. "You look at The Cosby Show and that was funny and entertaining but also educational and uplifting. It sent a message that probably sparked a lot of black doctors and lawyers now. That's what I want to offer with BBTV. It's going to show people where the future is going because a lot of us don't...More P.MILLER
|Sun, September 27, 2009 at 7:17 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Brooklyn rapper Fabolous was rushed to the hospital, after getting sick and almost passing out while driving his vehicle.
The rapper took to his popular Twitter page today (September 27) and denied reports that he was involved in a minor car accident last night in New York City.
“I'm ok everyone..thanks 4 the concern. I was not in a car accident, but I think i know where it started.. Let me explain,” the rapper Tweeted. “I was drivin yesterday morning & started feeling very sick & felt like I was gon pass out while driving.. I veered off 2 da side of the road.”
The pain was so bad, the rapper called ambulance who picked him up from the side of the road, which could account for inaccurate reports that the rapper was in the hospital.
“I believed I was poisoned so I checked in & was given medical treatment..a lil sedated so I didn't tweet but was released 2 go late last nite,” the rapper wrote.
Earlier today, a number of messages on Twitter, multiple people were asking for "prayers" for Fab, but did not offer any other information regarding the accident.
The rapper was...More FABOLOUS