|Tue, April 27, 2010 at 7:24 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Country singer Taylor Swift stars as the new face of SONY's Cybershot cameras national ad campaign.
|Wed, April 21, 2010 at 2:48 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Director Benny Boom has signed on to direct the movie S.W.A.T: Fire Fight, which will begin principal photography in Detroit, Michigan this week.
Benny Boom has directed over 350 Hip-Hop videos for artists like 50 Cent, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Robin Thicke, Mya, Ciara, Shyne, LL Cool J and others.
He was selected to bring a fresh perspective to the action feature film, which starts Gabriel Macht, Carly Pope, Robert Patrick and Giancarlo Esposito.
" I look forward to the action and bringing the city of Detroit to life" Boom told AllHipHop.com in a statement.
The movie centers around L.A. S.W.A.T. officer Lt. Paul Cutler (Macht) is sent to train Detroit S.W.A.T. team on new anti-terrorism and homeland security techniques.
Just as a romance blooms between Cutler and "Kim Byers" (Carly Pope), an intense hostage situation turns deadly as a former government agent seeks revenge on Cutler and members of the Detroit S.W.A.T. team.
"It's exciting to bring an iconic TV show to life," said executive producer Scott Putman. "The film is going to be gritty, edgy, and suspenseful. I used to watch the TV series when I was a kid, and I couldn't be more...More S.W.A.T.
|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.
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|Mon, November 09, 2009 at 11:19 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Copyright Criminals, a documentary produced by Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod, examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling, including the ongoing debates about artistic expression, copyright law and (of course) money.
Copyright Criminals showcases many of hip-hop music's founding figures like Public Enemy, De La Soul, and Digital Underground along with emerging artists such as audiovisual remixers Eclectic Method. The film also provides an in-depth look at artists who have been sampled, such as renowned drummer Clyde Stubblefield, the world's most sampled musician, best known for his work with James Brown, as well as commentary by funk legend George Clinton, another highly sampled musician.
Copyright Criminals premieres January 19th on the PBS Documentary Series "Independent Lens."
|Fri, November 06, 2009 at 3:10 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
This Saturday (November 7), Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss, fashion stylist Freddie Leiba, and MTV personality Fonzworth Bentley will be among the celebrities coming out to support the fight against breast cancer through Atlanta's Pink Ribbon Affair Benefit and Fashion Show.
The event was organized through the partnership of the non-profit Sisters of Faith Breast Cancer Foundation and the Asato Agency, Atlanta's first and only full-service styling agency.
The directive of the show is to raise funds to create a new biopsy program in 2010 to assist low income women without health insurance.
According to recent statistical data from the CDC, low income women of all backgrounds are less likely to receive an annual mammogram, which is critical for early intervention.
Breast cancer remains the most common form of cancer in women and is the second leading cause of death in U.S. women.
"This cause is extremely important, not only to me, but for our communities," explained Asato Agency CEO Tangie Black to AllHipHop.com. "After losing my own mother to breast cancer last year, I've come to realize the impact this disease has on the entire family. Women from low-income families in particular are historically the least informed and most frequently diagnosed at later stages. The Pink Ribbon Affair is a fund-raiser that will help change the lives of those women and their families. By providing mammograms and biopsies, early detection will allow them to get the treatment they need sooner."
Sisters of Faith administrator Stephanie White echoed Black's words, and gave recognition to the celebrities giving their efforts to an often underserviced medical condition in urban communities.
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|Fri, October 16, 2009 at 11:21 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
NEW YORK - For Alicia Keys, one star-studded night could change the world.
The singer played host Thursday night at the Hammerstein Ballroom at her sixth annual Black Ball, which benefits the AIDS organization Keep a Child Alive.
Change is a thematic reference in all of Keys' recent projects. Her next album, due Dec. 1, is titled The Element of Freedom, and she recently set up AK Worldwide, a company to handle her philanthropic affairs.
But the Black Ball is "something I build up to for the entire year," Keys said backstage before the festivities. "I'm in the middle of finishing my album because you know it comes out on World AIDS Day, which is very intentional for me."
Event co-host Padma Lakshmi, in a long red Gucci dress, arrived boasting her own change - a pregnant belly.
"I look both ways before I cross the street now," the Top Chef host said with a laugh. "I'm not a mommy yet. I'm a mommy-to-be so I'm learning all about it. I'm reading voraciously on the subject. It's very early days."
Fellow co-host Iman, a native of Somalia, wore a glittery Thakoon number. "We started off six years ago hosting this in a synagogue downtown. It's amazing how far we've come. In the West, AIDS is not a death sentence. That's what we're striving for" in Africa and India.
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