Industry staple Tonya Payton has fallen sick, bedridden and now her family is asking for help after falling into a coma.
Payton, a well-known publicist in Atlanta, was in a coma for roughly a week after she had suffered cardiac arrest in late August. Doctors thought she may have permanent brain damage as a result of a lack of oxygen to her brain.
Payton first embarked on a career in public relations as the Public Relations Coordinator for a major New York City staffing firm. After venturing out as an independent publicist, she has handled a diverse client list that includes Boxing Great Mike Tyson, Coors Light, jazz great Miles Davis, Easy Mo Bee, MC Hammer and even Jay-Z, early in his career. More recently, Payton has been able to help a bevy of indie acts get a foothold in their careers as she did for some of today's greats.
Under her helm, S&S Associates continued to grow and prosper with a diverse client, but her own health would suffer through intense diabetes.
Still bedridden, Payton has improved somewhat, her daughter Bianca revealed.
"I would like to thank everyone for their continued prayers, encouragement, and support," Bianca said. "My mom is making great progress - she is awake and sending everyone her love."
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Just like the Bad Boys franchise, Men in Black films can't be brought up without mentioning Will Smith. In case you didn't know a fourth sequel is being added to the franchise, but unfortunately Smith will not be involved.
Filmaker couple Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, who both produced Men In Black, sat down with The Hollywood Reporter and revealed that they will be revamping MIB without its star.
Even though he won't be apart of Men In Black, the Philly native has other projects he is working on. Besides focusing on building a sitcom similar to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air with his company Overbrook Entertainment, the Hancock actor will be teaming up with Jay Z to produce a HBO miniseries about the late Emmett Till.
Coming off of his Jensen Kirk LP Project, LA Native gives listeners his thoughts on society and also takes shots at a few other rappers. Never the less he kills this freestyle over the infamous Big L, Jay-Z freestyle instrumental.
Forbes has released their annual rundown of hip-hop's highest paid entertainers. This year's Hip-Hop Cash Kings list has familiar names but with different rankings. Diddy took the top spot this year with $60 million thanks to Sean John, Revolt TV, his water brand Aquahydrate and Ciroc vodka. Jay Z came in the second spot earning $56 million over the past year due to touring with his wife, Beyonce, his Roc Nation management company and his deal with Armand de Brignac champagne.
Drake made the highest debut of his career on the list and even snagged a higher spot than Dr. Dre, who topped the list last year. Touring gave Drizzy the financial boost, grossing almost $1 million a night during his last tour. Sales from his surprise project, If You're Reading This It's Too Late, and endorsement deals with Sprite and Nike also helped him bring in some extra coins.
One time for Hip-Hop history y'all... really ought to be among the standard electives for colleges nowadays. Plenty of stories to tell: like when Jay was Jiggaaaa. We need that. Truth, beyond a "Reasonable Doubt." Yeah. Went there. Maybe Dame Dash will take us back there, too. Check out the vid above.
It's gonna get done at some point by somebody...
- Dame Dash on the possibility of a "Reasonable Doubt" (Roc-A-Fella story) film
Wow. The box office success of "Straight Outta Compton" has opened all kinds of doors to all kinds of discussions for possible biopics.
The most successful track from Jay Z and Kanye West's joint album, Watch the Throne, "N-ggas in Paris," has inspired an illustrated book. Thanks to Bianca Bosso of The Interns, the song was turned into a children-friendly book, titled Friends in Paris, that plays off of Ye and Jay's bromance.
California rapper Fashawn is showing love to the East Coast. The Mass Appeal emcee rhymes over Jay Z's "Coming Of Age" instrumental for his track "100 Bars." Fash's version comes with new black-and-white visuals. Look for Fresno's finest on tour in Europe.
(AllHipHop News) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' performance at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards was overshadowed by the Miley Cyrus/Nicki Minaj spat and the Kanye West presidential announcement, but some Hip Hop fans were appreciative of the Seattle duo's set at this year's VMAs.
Some observers saw it as a cheap attempt to get back in to the good graces of Hip Hop followers after Mack's controversial Grammy win over Kendrick Lamar in 2014. Others praised The Heist creator for bringing attention to some of the culture's forefathers.
Melle Mel fell into the latter group. The 54-year-old member of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five even told XXL that other modern rap stars would not have reached back to pay homage to him and his fellow pioneers in the way Macklemore did.
And my whole thing was this: I know for a fact that J. Cole or Kendrick Lamar or Rick Ross or Jay Z or any of these cats, they would not have done it. Ever. They would not have done it. It took him to do it. And all those other so-called "real cats," they should hang their heads. Because somebody should have done it by now. They could have reached back to any of us. If you're making records and you say you're hip-hop, you're supposed to have a connection to what hip-hop really is. And nobody made that connection until Macklemore made the connection. And I've had this conversation quite a few times since everything happened and had that little controversy of, yeah, the White boy, using the OGs, or blah blah blah. And like I said, none of those other guys would have ever done it. And it's a shame that that's the reality of what the game is right now.
Big Daddy Kane also addressed today's rappers:
If they use the term "Old School artist," they're normally talking about me, Rakim or Kool G Rap, somebody like that. What this brother did was he reached out to the real legends. Because [when] we talk about people like myself, Rakim, Jay Z, Nas, you're talking about the Charlie Wilson's, Teddy Pendergrass', the Michael Jackson's of the game, the people who came into something that already existed and took it to a different level. When you're talking about Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, Grandmaster Caz, you're talking about the Ray Charles', Quincy Jones' of the game. We're talking about the inventors. And no other rapper in this current era of hip-hop has done that: reached back to the people that invented this thing that everybody else is getting paid off and paying homage this way.
There has been a lot of talk recently about music streaming and artists getting what they deserve regarding royalties. One of the main discussions has been over Jay-Z and his new company Tidal that is marketed as a platform created by the artists for the artists. There has been some push back from people stating that Tidal is a corporation out here to get rich just like all of the others. When it comes to Jay-Z recently he has implied that people have no problem supporting the Bill Gates and Steve Jobs but not supporting him because he is black. Dr. Boyce Watkins speaks on this and questions some of the things Jay-Z speaks on while opening up the discussion on true Black independence.
"Jay-Z can state he has 99 problems but the struggles of the Black Community is not one" - Dr Boyce Watkins
MOBO Nominee and UMA Winner Mista Silva fresh of a trip to Ghana, hits us with "COOL IT DOWN" feat award winning Rapper and Sarkodie producer EL. This track is yet another taster off his forthcoming EP "Let It Off".
The fruitful trip to the motherland, which has seen him collaborate with the likes of R2Bees, Bisa Kdei and a handful of other African superstars, has also yielded a fun times video, shot on Ghana's Ada beach resort, taking influence from Jay Z and Kanye' West's popular track "Ottis".
Both Mista Silva and E.L prove yet again everything is possible and nothing but themselves are a tall order.