|Post Date: 10/31/2011
IT’S OFFICIAL: Kim Kardashian Divorces Kris Humphries
Kim Kardashian will file for divorce today from her husband Kris Humphries, according to an exclusive report from TMZ.
The website reports Kardashian (who was adamant about keeping her maiden name and now we see why) isn’t going to seek an annulment, even though the marriage lasted a mere 72 days. Kim’s citing the usual “irreconcilable differences” reason for the break-up.
Kim has hired notable divorce attorney Laura Wasser, who in the past has represented Britney Spears, Maria Shriver, Angelina Jolie, Ryan Reynolds and others. Kim, as seen on her reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians, made sure she had a pre-nuptial agreement at the behest of her manager/mom, Kris Jenner.
|Post Date: 10/21/2011
Sneak Peek: The Avengers
We all know that May 2012 is quite a while away. However, buzz has already begun intensifying for the upcoming ensemble film, The Avengers. After Comic-Con appearances and making the cover of Entertainment Weekly, it’s clear that people are greatly anticipating this film.
Theoretically, of course, it makes sense for us to get all worked up over it too, right? You’ve got Iron Man and Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Thor all in one film! Not to mention the fact that you have supporting cast members like Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson playing pivotal roles in the film, as well.
Their stories should all be weaved together quite nicely, leading to some great dialogue and storyline material, as well as some great battle scenes. True comic fans might be happy to know that scenes involving the Hulk (a superhero that has never really been done justice on film, in this author’s opinion) will actually be shot in live action, meaning less CGI and thus less of a cartoon look and feel to the movie.
Filming was done in two primary locations: Cleveland, OH which means the unforgiving city actually did find a way to generate revenue after LeBron James left town and New York City, and wrapped last month. A few videos taken from the Cleveland shoots give a sneak peek into what we can expect.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper sneak peek without a trailer.
By the looks of things, it’s gonna be all we expect and more.
The Avengers is scheduled for release May 4, 2012
|Post Date: 10/18/2011
Georgetown University Offers Course on Jay-Z
It’s not new news that more and more colleges and universities are hopping on the hip-hop bandwagon, however Georgetown University is doing something quite unique. The Washington, D.C. college is offering a course called Sociology of Hip Hop: Jay-Z, which has already seen an enrollment of 140 students and features topics on the “Monster of the Double Entendre” and “Hustling Hermeneutics.”
“The course is popular so far,” wrote the Canadian Macleans magazine. “[It has] about three-times the normal enrollment for a Georgetown seminar.”
Most of these students are Caucasian, according to Macleans, and only 6.7 percent of the entire student body is African-American.
The course’s instructors, Professor Michael Eric Dyson (with Jay-Z above) and Professor Anthony Pinn, gave a brief outline of the course on the school’s website. “African-American cultural production has always served as a way to express attention to the ultimate questions of life: Who are we? Why are we? Where are we?… One finds this in likely modes of cultural production like the spirituals, but the same sort of religiously inclined questions are found in the blues. And more recently, [in] a variety of genres of rap music…” (Macleans).
It seems hip-hop courses have been running rampant lately. “Earlier this year, Rapper Bun B co-taught a course called Religion and Hip Hop Culture at Rice University in Texas,” reported Macleans. “Popular panel discussions like one on ‘Ethics and Hip Hop’ attracted stars including Lupe Fiasco, Talib Kweli and Malice (Clipse).”
The course’s required reading includes Jay-Z by Julius Bailey; Empire State of Mind by Zack O’Malley Greenburg; Book of Rhymes by Adam Bradley; and Decoded by the rapper himself, Jay-Z. In addition to “studying the artist’s lyrics and viewing the 2004 concert documentary Fade to Black,” reported TheDailyBlam.com, “[Dyson] hopes to feature Lauryn Hill, Nas and the Roots in future studies.”
Previously, Dyson was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania offering a course as well as having written a book on Tupac. Dyson, “a passionate teacher on the significance of African-America music and culture,” according to TheDailyBlog.com, is offering the class as a first of its kind in a university setting.
“[Jay-Z's] a guy from the Marcy Projects that’s now worth half a billion dollars, married to arguably the best entertainer out there behind Michael Jackson,” Dyson told The Vancouver Sun. “I wanted to probe all of these dimensions of Jay-Z as one of the most gifted and talented musicians of our time,” Dyson said.
“I wanted my students to understand that when you’re dealing with an artist like Jay-Z you’re dealing with a genius — a crafter of words, an all-time literary great,” Dyson told the L.A. Times. “[Jay] gives us such powerful poetic passion. I wanted my students to understand that.”
|Post Date: 10/14/2011
Lil Kim is Looking For America’s Next Top Rapper!
Lil’ Kim along with music video director Little X and record producer Rockwilder are looking for “America’s Next Top Rapper”.
The show will launch winter 2011 and reports say that it’s the first televised hip-hop reality show competition to be broadcasted on cable, online, mobile apps and also digital video players.
It’s not free to enter the competition, however the $200 sign-up fee will open the road to stardom, as well as $100,000 in cash and prizes which will include:
- A distribution deal from Universal Music
- A professional video shoot by Director (Little) X
- A single produced by Rockwilde
- A feature by Lil Kim
- $20,000 in cash
- A booking agent
- A publicist
- And a national tour
If you’re an aspiring rapper, sign up today at www.americasnexttoprapper.net. Who knows, you could be the next hip hop icon!
|Post Date: 10/14/2011
The Gap Slashes Stores: What Went Wrong and How They Can Fix It
By Peter Gorenstein
Remember when the Gap was cool?
Neither do we. Perhaps that's why this once great retailer continues to struggle.
The company says it plans to close about 200 stores in the U.S. by 2013, that amounts to one in every five stores in North America, in favor of expanding in international markets.
The Gap -- owner of Old Navy and Banana Republic -- has been plagued for years by falling sales and lower profits as it's been forced to perpetually discount goods in order to move product. Same-store sales fell 4% year over year in September, the worst showing of all 23 major retailers tracked by Thomson Reuters.
"The company targets the middle-income market, which often leaves it stuck between discounters and upscale brands," notes an article in Friday's Los Angeles Times. Howard Davidowitz, president of Davidowitz & Associates and a long-time retail industry insider, says the Gap's problems are far simpler than that. They are not selling fashion people want to own.
There's no fundamental reason why the Gap can't succeed. "Denim is great," he says pointing to successful brands like Abercrombie & Fitch, Lucky Brand and American Eagle to name a few.
The fundamental problem is that the Gap lacks strong fashion sense. Davidowitz blames the CEO. Glenn Murphy is a very competent executive, but lacks the experience needed to right the ship. "Fashion people win in fashion companies," Davidowitz explains in the accompanying clip. "I've never seen a numbers guy come in and be successful in a fashion company. I've never seen one example of it."
The company not only needs to shrink the number of stores, it also needs to reduce the size of stores. "The stores are too big," Davidowitz says. "The stores are over-sized given what's going on with the internet."
Even with all their problems, it's not too late for The Gap. Davidowitz says if they replace the CEO with a great merchandiser, all could be fixed. Many retailers have done it before. In fact, Gap did it once before when they brought in their former CEO Mickey Drexler. Then, Drexler did it again when he took the helm at J. Crew.
"If he went back to the Gap I would put a lot of money on the Gap," notes Davidowitz.
|Post Date: 10/12/2011
Old Doggs Helping New Doggs
This month, Soulja Boy’s documentary will most likely shock the media and audiences alike as he has done so many times before. The director, Academy Award™ winner Peter Spirer, is also known for Notorious B.I.G. Bigger Than Life and Tupac Shakur: Thug Angel. (Read about Soulja Boy’s anti-military lyrics off his latest track “Let’s Be Real”.)
The documentary, entitled Soulja Boy: The Movie, is “an unprecedented and illuminating look at the life and career of one of the most controversial and successful music star sensations of the digital era,” according to the movie’s official trailer. “The film focuses on the many fascinating and fractious facets of DeAndre Cortez Way, otherwise known worldwide as Soulja Boy Tell Em.”
In the movie, the self-made and incredibly controversial millionaire/rapper, finds himself with a surprise endorsement from one of hip-hop’s biggest names, Snoop Dogg, wrote Rashad Phillips on HipHopDX.com.
“A lot of people don’t understand that this young man’s struggle is my struggle,” Snoop Dogg told HipHopDX.com. “When he went and laid his records, and made his name and did what he had to do—that’s the same struggle that I went through. It’s all about bridging the gap and showing love. Old generation and new generation, let’s break them ways and respect music.”
Phillips reported that early in Snoop’s career, he “also found himself a target for self-appointed community leaders.”Snoop continued by linking his past experiences with Soulja Boy’s. He added that new rappers and generations make music for their peers, and they don’t want to listen to older people giving them advice or giving them heat – just like when he was breaking onto the scene.
“Love him or hate him, no one can deny that he represents the new face of Hip Hop,” promoted Soulja Boy: The Movie’s trailer. “Young, bold, and completely in control of the game.”
“Soulja Boy may arguably be one of the most divisive personalities in Hip Hop,” wrote Rashad Phillips on HipHopDX.com. “On one hand, he’s praised by the Wall Street Journal for his business savvy and use of social media, [but] on the other hand, some critics say his music lacks substance and can be repetitive to say the least.”
“I’m trying to prove everybody wrong whoever told me I couldn’t make it,” Soulja Boy told undergroundrapscene.com in a 2007 interview. “To all the haters who say I can’t rap and I will never make it. I’m going to show them.”
|Post Date: 10/11/2011
Kobe Bryant sporting the Moon Walkers!!!
We always tell the homies that Kobe is a big supporter of Radii Footwear, along with Lamar and a couple other LA Lakers, but in case you weren’t believers we decided some bragging might be necessary. After the jump you can see the BRAND NEW colors coming out October 15th. Better get yours before Kobe swoops them all up!
|Post Date: 10/04/2011
Kid Cudi, Kanya West, Tinie Tempah, and now Ebby Davood?
Everyone is just crazy about this new Nike Air MAG!!
To most people this shoe is a joke!!! I've had friends, family, and even significant others tell me I'm crazy! But to all of you that know what's up. We have been waiting for this moment for almost 22 years. This shoe is known as the Nike Mag. Originally displayed in the 1989 blockbuster "Back To The Future II." When I was only 7 years old I was amazed by this shoe because it represented the future. When this auction for these limited sneakers started I was thinking there is no way in the world, I would pay in the uppers of 3000 to 8000 for a shoe. But as more information was available we found out that Nike was giving all the proceeds to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for parkinson's. That was what really got my attention! So all you hustlers out there if you make it to the Steal Deal Corporate office. These shoes are here on display for your viewing plesure!
|Post Date: 10/03/2011
Diddy Brawls Over CIROC While T.I. Keeps The Peace
The place to be after last night’s BET Hip-Hop Awards taping was Compound nightclub, where Diddy and T.I. threw a joint party to celebrate the festivities.
With big names like Busta Rhymes, Nelly, French Montana, Rick Ross, Amare Stoudemire and Young Jeezy all situated in the VIP section with the two main hosts, the night started off happy enough—Diddy shouted out Tip’s homecoming, Jeezy’s birthday and started rocking out to his hit, “O Let’s Do It (Remix).” All of a sudden things turned ugly when Diddy (who’s part owner of vodka brand CIROC) peeped a table of Grey Goose drinkers nearby, in particular Atlanta nightlife identity Kenny Burns. Diddy’s good spirits (no pun intended) quickly turned sour when he saw the rival drink being touted in his face (“We’re the CIROC boys, bitch ass n***a!”) then proceeded to get gully with Burns as T.I. looked on in bewilderment. Diddy even went so far as to taunt Burns with, “What you gon’ do n***a? You in my house n***a!” Not one to be around drama since he’d just been released from prison two days earlier, Tip grabbed the mic and told his co-host he has way too much money to be engaging in something so petty and Burns’ table had the right to drink whatever vodka they wanted to, especially since Burns himself is sponsored by Grey Goose. When Tip looks at Diddy straight in the eye and says “F*ck that s*it homie,” Diddy looks shocked that he’d even speak to him in that manner.
Watch the video and be the judge as to whether or not Diddy was out of line: