SHAKES SPEAR DARK MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2013
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"Jewels for those who feel like a star"
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CONTRIBUTORS PUBLISHER SAADIQ BUSBY EDITOR & CHIEF SAADIQ BUSBY WRITERS REUTERS SETH GREENBERG CHRIS BUCKLEY SAADIQ BUSBY
LISA CUNNINGHAM PHOTOGRAPHERS SAADIQ BUSBY KYLE SMITH TONY TONE
A REFLECTION OF ME When I look into your eyes, it's beauty I see. A true form of love, a reflection of me. When I look at your body-my soul starts to melt, a genuine erruption filled with pulsating supulance. But when I look into your mind-I see the ages of all time filled with rhymes-firmly carved in jeweled shrines. So I come back to your world and experience a piece, experience after experience, the intesity never to cease. Looking at you is like viewing the Hawk in the sky, you are the highest in the heavens-no one can question why! Sweet Lady, Sweet Vision, Sweet - Sweet Thought, I love the way you dance, and I love the way you walk. Thank you for allowing me to know, what many do need, A reflection of themselves- helping to fulfill all your needs. By Saadiq Busby
GOOD TIMES HEY GOOD TIMES WERE YOU GOING-(WHAT) YOU CAN'TWAIT FOR ME. I KNOW I'M A LITTLE LATE, BUT (G) THIS TRIP AIN'T FOR FREE. I HAD TO WORK HARD TO GET HERE. I PAID MANY DUES, LEARNED ABOUT THE HARDKNOCKS; AND RE-WROTE MANY RULES. SO WHAT YOU MEAN BECAUSE I'M A LIITTLE LATE, I CAN'T HANG WITH YOU NO MORE-WHAT YOU TRYING TO SAYBRING YO ASS FROM BEHIND THAT DOOR. GOOD TIMES DON'T PLAY WITH ME, I PUT A LOT ON THE LINE; I SACRAFISED A LOT, AND NEARLY LOST MY MIND. SO I REALLY AIN'T TRYING TO HEAR THAT I'M A LITTLE TOO LATE, OR WHEN YOU SAY, I WAS SUPPOSED TO PUT YOU FIRST-BEFORE I DECIDED- TO GO ON MY DATE. COME ON GOOD TIMES, CAN YOU FORGIVE ME JUST THIS ONCE, COME ON GOOD TIMENOW YOU KNOW I AIN'T NO PUNK. SO GOOD TIMES STOOD UP AND CAME FROM BEHIND THE DOOR, LOOKED ME STRAIGHT IN THE EYE, AND SAID I DON'T WANT YOU
AROUND ANY MORE. LATE IS FOR FAKES AND WE DON'T PLAY THAT AROUND HERE-WE DO WHAT WE SAY - AND HAVE NO FEAR. HE DIDN'T SAY IT LIKE HE WAS PLAYING, SO I KNEW NOT TO ASK, I SAID TO MYSELF (DAMN) BEING LATE AGAINHAS BURNT MY ASS. SO I SAID GOOD TIMES-YOU KNOW YOU RIGHT-I'M GOING TO GET MY ACT TOGETHER AND SHINE LIKE A STAR IN THE NIGHT. GOOD TIMES (you best believe me)- I WILL BE BACK-THIS YOU CAN COUNT FOR SURE-CAUSE NOW I KNOW THERE ARE NO EXCUSESTHIS LESSON I HAVE LEARNED BY GOING THROUGH THE BACK DOOR.! I'M GOING TO FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY AND STING LIKE A BEE AND BELIEVE ME WHEN I AM DONEGOOD TIMES YOU WILL HEAR ABOUT ME! P.S. GOOD TIMES WE WILL MEET AGAIN!
WASHINGTON — France joined a growing list of angry allies Monday who are demanding answers from the United States over aggressive surveillance tactics by the National Security Agency, this time, that it swept up — and in some cases recorded — 70.3 million French telephone calls and emails in one 30 day period. Keeping tabs on allies is classic spy craft but the sweep and scope of the National Security Agency program have irritated Germany, Britain, Brazil, and most recently Mexico and France. Calling the practice “totally unacceptable,’” an indignant French government demanded an explanation and summoned U.S. Ambassador Charles Rivkin for answers. Visiting Paris on an unrelated and previously scheduled trip for talks on the Middle East, Secretary of State John Kerry was unapologetic, but told reporters that the U.S. would discuss the matters privately with officials from France and other concerned countries. “Protecting the security of our citizens in today’s world is a very complicated, very challenging task and it is an everyday 24/7/365 task unfortunately because there are lots of people out there seeking to do harm to other people,” he said a news conference with Qatar’s foreign minister. “We will have ongoing bilateral consultations, including with our French partners, to address this question of any reports by the U.S. government gathering information from some of the agencies and those consultations are going to continue,” Kerry said. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the U.S. already is reviewing its intelligence gathering to strike a “balance between the legitimate security concerns that our citizens have and the privacy concerns that we and our allies have as well about some of these alleged intelligence activities.” “We certainly hope that it doesn’t” damage the United States’ close working relationship with France, she added. In his meeting with Foreign Minister Laurent
Fabius’ chief of staff Rivken “expressed his appreciation of the importance of the exchange, and promised to convey the points made back to Washington,” a statement released by the U.S. Embassy in Paris said. The level of the meeting, between the U.S. ambassador and an aide to Fabius suggested that while France was talking a tough line in public, it might not be overly outraged by the revelations. Kerry, who landed in Paris early Monday, could have been contacted if relations were in danger. The report in Le Monde, co-written by Glenn Greenwald, who originally revealed the surveillance program based on leaks from former NSA contractor Snowden, found that when certain numbers were used, the conversations were automatically recorded. The surveillance operation also swept up text messages based on key words, Le Monde reported, based on records from Dec. 10 to Jan 7. The French government, which wants the surveillance to cease, also renewed demands for talks on protection of personal data. “This sort of practice between partners that invades privacy is totally unacceptable and we have to make sure, very quickly, that this no longer happens,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said during a meeting in Luxembourg with his European counterparts. Fabius said the U.S. ambassador had been summoned to the Foreign Ministry. The most recent documents cited by Le Monde, dated to April 2013, also indicated the NSA’s interest in email addresses linked to Wanadoo — once part of France Telecom — and AlcatelLucent, the French-American telecom company. One of the documents instructed analysts to draw not only from the electronic surveillance program, but also from another initiative dubbed Upstream, which allowed surveillance on undersea communications cables.
Cover charge fight leaves 1 dead at Vegas club LAS VEGAS (AP) — A $30 cover charge led to a nightclub shooting early Monday on the Las Vegas Strip that left one patron dead when he tried to subdue the gunman and two employees in critical condition, officials said. A man opened fire about 5:45 a.m. wounding a manager and a guard at Drai’s After Hours, a club at Bally’s hotel-casino, police Sgt. John Sheahan said. Another guard might have been injured. Sheahan said the nightclub was open at the time and the shooter was believed to have acted alone. He was hospitalized with unspecified injuries. Sheahan said the male patron was fatally wounded trying to subdue the gunman as people ran from the club. “The person is in custody. The weapon is in custody,” Sheahan said. “There are no outstanding suspects in this incident.” Three people were taken by ambulance to University Medical Center, where spokeswoman Danita Cohen said one died and two remained in critical condition. Their names weren’t immediately made public. Sheahan said the gunman is expected to face murder and multiple attempted murder charges. Authorities said he paid the cover charge then demanded his money back before opening fire. The club has a capacity of about 500 people and charges $30 for entry, said Celena Haas-Stacey, a spokeswoman for Bally’s hotel owner Caesars Entertainment Corp. Sheahan said the gunman told employees the crowd Monday morning was so small that he wanted his money back. A manager was shot in the arm during the argument and a security officer who wrestled with the gunman was also shot before the patron joined the melee, Sheahan said. Gambling continued in most of the casino after the shooting. Yellow crime scene tape stretched around several banks of slot machines just outside the club. Debris littered the carpeted floor. The entrance is located on the casino level of Bally’s near a drive-up entrance off Flamingo Road near Las Vegas Boulevard. The club, open Thursdays through Mondays from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m., has been an after-hours attraction at the heart of the Strip since the late 1990s. It moved earlier this year from the former Bill’s Gamblin Hall, which is undergoing renovations, to Bally’s across the street. Drai’s is expected to move back to the renamed site next year. Both properties are owned by Caesars Entertainment. The company issued a statement offering sympathies to victims and deferred questions to police. The intersection of Flamingo Road and Las Vegas Boulevard was the scene of a shooting and fiery crash last February involving a self-described pimp. Authorities say he exchanged words with a man outside another Strip casino then fired shots from his Range Rover into a moving Maserati, mortally wounding the driver and triggering a crash with a taxi that left two other people dead. A death penalty trial in that case is scheduled to begin Dec. 2, but could be delayed by a change of defense attorneys.
MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s government said Sunday it “categorically condemns” email spying, after a German news magazine reported that documents from National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden say the US gained access to the email system of former Mexican President Felipe Calderon. A report posted by Der Spiegel said the documents describe an operation dubbed “Flat liquid” that claim to have accessed Mexico’s “presidencia” domain, which was also purportedly used by members of Calderon’s Cabinet. “This practice is unacceptable, illegitimate and contrary to Mexican law and international law,” Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department said in a statement. It said it would send a diplomatic note to the United States. “In a relationship of neighbors and partners, there is no room for the kind of activities that allegedly took place,” it said. Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where Calderon is now a fellow, said it would forward a request for comment to the former president. Earlier, a document dated June 2012 indicated the NSA had read current Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s emails before he was elected last year. Pena Nieto has said that would be an illegal act if it occurred, and his administration has demanded an investigation. “By means of a diplomatic note, Mexico will re-emphasize the importance for our country of this investigation, which should be concluded as quickly as possible,” the Foreign Relations Department said.
Call the fashion police! A man wearing a wacky pink wig and a purple polka-dot dress allegedly robbed a bank in Illinois — using a high pitched voice to disguise himself, The Smoking Gun reports. Arnell Edwards, 50, allegedly sported the dress — along with a rag over his face — at a U.S. Bank branch in New Athens, where he handed a teller a Post-it note reading ” STICK UP ALL MONEY” on Friday, according to the website. The freaked-out bank employee then handed the dressed-up crook $1,537 in cash, documents posted by the Website state. “The black male wearing the pink with purple polka dot dressed picked up the United States currency with his right hand, turned and walked away,” FBI agent Daniel Cook wrote in a criminal complaint. Edwards, who lives in St. Louis, Missouri, was arrested at a nearby apartment, where a female friend lives, according to the Smoking Gun. Federal authorities found cuts on his right wrist that matched injures the bank robber appeared to suffer on a surveillance tape. Edwards denied robbing the bank, claiming he was asleep in his friend’s home at the time of the time. He faces up to 20 years in prison.
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A LIGHT IN THE DARK Tell me dear Father who speaks for the lost, who will you send to keep them on course? Tell me, who my Father will guide them through out the land, to remind them every day of your way and your plan? The All Father, I speak
teacher, so I don't have to loose sleep at night. wondering about your soldiers, if they are safe and alright. Father send them another messenger and make their words clear. So they know for sure, that you will always be there. By Saadiq Busby
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(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday is set to hear arguments on whether colleges and universities can continue to favor minority candidates in admissions policies. Given that the court in 2003 approved such policies, its decision to take up the issue again suggests it may be looking to cut back on affirmative action. The case before the court was brought by Abigail Fisher, a white woman who says the University of Texas denied her admission because of her race, in violation of the U.S. Constitution's equal protection guarantee. The university says it must consider race as a factor in admissions, or minorities will be underrepresented on its campuses. Several factors are tipping the scales against affirmative action this time around: For starters, the makeup of the court has become more conservative in the past nine years. Seven states have banned affirmative action, while polls show the U.S. public has grown increasingly opposed to racial preferences. The court often takes up cases to resolve conflicts between two or more federal appeals courts - but no such conflict exists here, which could mean the court is looking to reexamine its own precedent. In agreeing to hear the case, the justices brushed off an argument by the University of Texas that the court need not take up the matter, since Fisher has already graduated from another school. One likely supporter of affirmative action, Justice Elena Kagan, has recused herself. She gave no reason, but it is likely she decided to step aside because she worked on the case in her previous job as U.S. Solicitor General. That leaves eight justices to hear the case. Four conservatives, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, are expected to reject the University of Texas program. The fifth conservative, Anthony Kennedy, is often thought of as a swing vote. He has voted with the conservative wing on this issue in the past but has also acknowledged a need for racial diversity on campuses. A 4-4 tie would affirm the lower court, which rejected Fisher's challenge. A broad ruling by the court could wipe out affirmative action programs in the 43 state school systems that still allow racial preferences, as well as those at thousands of private colleges and universities. The court could also rule narrowly and disallow only the Texas program, or it could approve the Texas approach. HOW TEXAS DOES IT The University of Texas fills most of its entering class of freshmen using a policy that grants automatic admission to in-state students in the top 10 percent of their high school class. For the remaining slots, it considers an applicant's race as one of many factors to improve diversity. That approach stems from the university's fraught experience with affirmative action and its efforts to maintain diversity on campus. In 1996 a federal appeals court barred state universities in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi from considering race as a factor when admitting students. That ruling, Hopwood v. Texas, caused minority enrollment at the University of Texas to plunge, with the number of black students falling by 40 percent, according to the university. Marlen Whitley, a corporate lawyer in Houston who is black, says the effects of that decision were plain to see. Whitley was an undergraduate at the University of Texas at Austin when the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals handed down the Hopwood ruling. When he then entered the university's law school, the third-year class, whose members were admitted before the Hopwood decision, included 25 to 30 African Americans, he said. In the class ahead of him, the first to enter after Hopwood, there were four black students, and in Whitley's
class there were eight. "There were barely enough students of lecture halls in the law school," said W presidents to file a brief for the Univer In response to the shrinking minority enacted its top 10 percent law, which t schools tend to be each dominated by location, the law effectively ensured th schools would gain entrance. In 2003 the Supreme Court handed do lowed the University of Michigan Law one of many qualities that make an app Then, two years later, based on the Sup Texas colleges started using race as a fa chosen because they fell in the top 10 p the university considers race alongside ricular activities, family background an For a graphic showing minority enroll Texas at Austin, the school at the cente com/qyv92t In the current case, Fisher's claim that rests on the legal argument that, under sities can use race only if there is no ot argues that the top 10 percent law is su The University of Texas counters that t enough minority students and that it n rest of the class. It said the race-based all African American students and 15 ted in 2008, the year Fisher was seekin RACE-NEUTRAL ADMISSIONS Some opponents of racial preferences the Texas case that the experience of C banned, shows that universities can m ods. California voters amended the state's c versities from considering race in adm California adopted a program similar offering places to the top 9 percent of g California has also sought to increase reliance on standardized test scores an family income and being the first in a its outreach efforts, working with scho better prepare students for college. These efforts worked and minority enr schools is higher now than before the Richard Sander, a law professor at UCL with Professor Stuart Taylor, a senior f tank. Not everyone agrees that the measures University of California itself filed a br saying the number of black students at fully recovered from the ban on affirm
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If the Supreme Court decides to take race out of the equation entirely, the number of African American, Hispanic and Native American students at state universities would "drop precipitously," said Lee Bollinger, who was president of the University of Michigan at the time of the 2003 case and now is president of Columbia University in New York City. Columbia is among dozens of selective private colleges that have filed briefs in the Fisher case, saying their racial diversity will suffer if the Supreme Court says race cannot be a factor in admissions. They argue that it is not possible for private institutions like Columbia and Harvard, which draw applicants from all over the country, to implement a percentage plan like the ones in Texas and California. That argument could sway the Supreme Court to issue a narrow ruling that voids only the Texas program. But the court, more conservative than when Justice Sandra Day O'Connor wrote the University of Michigan decision in 2003, could reject race-based policies altogether. O'Connor predicted that as universities grew more diverse, the need to consider race in admissions would expire in 25 years. She has since retired, and her replacement, Justice Alito, has opposed racial preferences and could help bring an earlier end to their use. The focus of both sides during the oral arguments scheduled for Wednesday will likely be Kennedy, who voted against affirmative action in 2003, though he did not take as hard a stance as his conservative colleagues. In a dissent from the majority opinion that upheld racial preferences, Kennedy accused the majority of being too deferential to the University of Michigan. "Were the courts to apply a searching standard to race-based admissions schemes, that would force educational institutions to seriously explore raceneutral alternatives," he wrote. (Reporting By Terry Baynes; Editing by Eddie Evans, Eric Effron, Martin Howell and Douglas Royalty)
Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones( born September 14, 1973), better known by his stage name Nas, is an American rapper and actor. He is also the son of jazz musician Olu Dara. Nas has released eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums since 1994, four of which topped the Billboard charts upon release and has sold over thirteen-million records in the United States alone. Nas was also part of the hip hop supergroup The Firm, which released one album under Dr. Dre's record label Aftermath. Aside from rapping, Nas is also an occasional actor and has appeared in feature films such as Hype Williams' directorial debut Belly, Ticker and In Too Deep and the television show Hawaii Five-0. His rise to fame began in 1991 with his feature on hip hop group Main Source's debut album on the track "Live at the Barbeque". In the years that followed, Nas garnered attention from music industry A & R's and record labels with more impressive features and a solo single "Halftime". His debut album Illmatic, released in 1994 by Columbia Records, received universal acclaim from both critics and the hip hop community and would go on to be widely hailed as a musical landmark and a classic in the genre and is consistently ranked as one of the greatest LPs of all time His follow up album It Was Written debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Charts, stayed on top for four consecutive weeks and went platinum twice in only two months, propelling Nas to worldwide notoriety. From 1996 to 2005, Nas was involved in a highly publicized feud with rapper Jay-Z with both artists verbally attacking each other in songs and interviews. The two formally ended their rivalry through duet performances at concerts sponsored by New York City-area hip hop radio stations. In 2006, Nas signed to Def Jam and released his latest two albums; Hip Hop Is Dead in 2006 and an untitled album in 2008. In 2010, he released a collaboration album with renowned reggae artist Damian Marley in which all income
generated from the album's sales were sent to charities created to end poverty and financial suffering in Africa. He released his tenth studio album, Life Is Good in 2012. Nas is often listed, mentioned, and ranked as one of the greatest and most influential rappers in history. MTV ranked him at number 5 on their list of The Greatest MCs of All Time. On a similar list, MTV 2's "22 Greatest MC's", compiled by the results of an online poll, fans voted Nas as the 4th greatest MC of all time. Editors of About. com also ranked him number 4 on their list of the Top 50 MCs of Our Time (1987â€“2007), making him the highest ranking rapper of his generation (ahead of The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z and 2Pac). In 2012, The Source ranked him #2 on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time.
Crime-watch ‘perv’ arrested in rapes By Associated PressSeptember 10, 2013 DALLAS — A crimewatch volunteer suspected of raping four women in a Dallas neighborhood has been arrested more than 400 miles away after police traced him to a Louisiana motel, police said Tuesday. Van Dralan Dixson, 38, was arrested in Baton Rouge, La., where he is being held in jail awaiting his return to Texas, Dallas Police Maj. Jeff Cotner said. Police said DNA evidence has so far linked Dixson to four sexual assaults in Dallas’ Fair Park neighborhood, where investigators believe as many as nine rapes this summer are linked to the same attacker. Cotner said “contacts” between Dixson and individuals in Dallas helped track him to the motel, but he said no other details would be released until Wednesday. Modal Trigger Van Dralan Dixson Dallas authorities briefly
took Dixson into custody last week and obtained a DNA sample from him, but they lacked evidence to bring charges at the time. Dixson was charged Saturday in one of the attacks, but police found his abandoned car the next day in a Dallas suburb. Arrest warrants charge Dixson with four counts of aggravated sexual assault. DNA test results from two other attacks were pending, while DNA evidence from two more in the inner-city neighborhood were not available, Cotner has said. Neighbors said that as a crime-watch volunteer, Dixson would patrol the streets several times a week. “He just walks every night, all night,” one resident, Billy Washington, told Dallas television station WFAA. “Every time I would look out my window, or out my door, he was walking.” Dixson has been part of the area’s neighborhood crime-watch group, the Mill City Community Association, since January. The group’s president,
Alendra Lyons, didn’t return messages from The Associated Press. State criminal records show Dixson was arrested and convicted of aggravated robbery in 1993. He was also arrested as recently as last month on a deadly conduct charge, according to Dallas County records. Authorities say they believe one man is responsible for the nine sexual assaults that have been reported in the Fair Park area since June. In each incident, the attacker approached his victims in the early morning hours, forced them to secluded areas nearby, then robbed and sexually assaulted them. The assailant in each case was armed with a handgun, wore shorts and a T-shirt, and masked his face using various types of cloth, according to police. The victims said they were approached on foot. A $15,000 reward has been offered for information leading to arrests and an indictment in the cases.
Prodigy Born in Hempstead, New York, Prodigy became a member of the duo Mobb Deep. He comes from a musical familyâ€” his grandfather, Budd Johnson, and his great-uncle Keg Johnson are remembered for their contributions to the Bebop era of jazz. His mother, Fatima Frances Collins, was a member of The Crystals. Propelled to awareness partially by fellow rapper Nas, who took a similar approach lyrically on his Illmatic album from 1994, as well as with the aid of a successful single, "Shook Ones Pt. 2," Mobb Deep released The Infamous. A year later, in 1996, Prodigy and Havoc released Hell on Earth; debuting at number six on SoundScan the album was composed with both evocative beats and cinematic rhymes that communicated the dark side of New York's urban landscape. Due to a grim video for "Hell on Earth (Front Lines)" and theatrical Scarface-like photos inside the CD booklet picturing the duo with guns and a mound of cocaine, Mobb Deep had created an elaborate image for themselves that took hardcore gangsta rap to a new level for East Coast hip hop. Its next release, Murda Muzik, was heavily bootlegged while still in its demo stage, leaking, onto the streets and over the internet, rough versions of the nearly 30 songs the duo had recorded. Recent events He started work on his third solo album H.N.I.C. Part 2, which was previewed on his official mixtape The Return of the Mac on the independent label Koch Records. The mixtape single and mixtape video are called "Mac 10 Handle,". H.N.I.C. Pt. 2 was released through Voxonic Inc., of which Prodigy is an equity holder. In late 2009, Mobb Deep was released from its contract with 50 Cent's G-Unit label. He recently served a three-year sentence in Mid-State medium-security prison, following a plea agreement stemming from a gun-possession charge. He was officially released on March 7, 2011. Prodigy released an autobiography during spring 2011 entitled My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deepâ€™s Prodigy. It was co-written with Laura Checkoway and was published by Touchstone Books. Prodigy was recently featured in the 2011 documentary Rhyme and Punishment a film that documents Hip-Hop artists who have been incarcerated. The film documents Prodigy's trial and his last days before starting his prison sentence. During 2011, Prodigy released a free EP called The Ellsworth Bumpy Johnson EP which is his first project since being released from prison. On April 21, a song titled "The Type", with Curren$y, was released on Curren$y's free album, entitled Covert Coup. Prodigy has spoken out against the secret society Illuminati. Feuds West Coast From 1995 to 1997, the media-fueled "East Coast-West Coast hip hop rivalry" was occurring. This "beef " started when Tha Dogg Pound released "New York, New York," to which Mobb Deep took offense as, in addition to the lyrics, the song's music video portrayed New York buildings being stomped on by Dogg Pound members. In response, Mobb Deep with Capone-N-Noreaga and Tragedy Khadafi released "LA, LA". 2Pac "dissed" Mobb Deep (along with The Notorious B.I.G.) in "Hit 'Em Up" where, in the outro of the song, he made a remark in clear reference to Prodigy's ailment in having sickle cell anemia: "Oh yeah, Mobb Deep, you wanna fuck with us?/You little young ass motherfuckers/Don't one of you niggas got sickle cell or something?/You're fucking with me nigga/You fuck around and catch a seizure or heart-attack/You better back the fuck up before you get smacked the fuck up". Mobb Deep responded in a track called "Drop A Gem On 'Em" which was released as a single after 2Pac was murdered, although the song was recorded before his death. 2Pac also dissed Mobb Deep on the song "Against All Odds" which was released after his death. But Prodigy later sampled 2Pac's voice from a freestyle for the chorus on the song "Return of the Mac" (a.k.a. "New York Shit") on his album with the same name. His affiliate and fellow rapper Majesty, who had made a song with 2Pac (which was never released) called "Big Time" (also featuring 2Pac's frequent collaborator Stretch and the late EMoneybags) paid tribute to 2Pac on a skit called "Madge Speaks", on the same album. Def Squad On The Infamous track "The Infamous Prelude", Prodigy made remarks about rappers who rap about "smoking weed" and talk about "space shit". Def Squad took offense but the feud was settled when Prodigy and Keith Murray met at a video shoot. The feud was rekindled when Prodigy again referenced "space shit" in his appearance on LL Cool J's "I Shot Ya" which also featured Murray. Murray saw Prodigy at a club one night and punched him. Prodigy recalled the altercation and threatened Murray in the song "In the Long Run" on Hell on Earth. Murray released a song "Call My Name" on his Enigma album dissing Mobb Deep. The feud seemed to die down until Prodigy dissed Murray again in his 2004 song "Bad Blood." Murray has responded with numerous songs since.
Saigon During an interview Prodigy stated that he did not like Saigon, Tru-Life or many other rappers for that matter and dissed Prodigy back in an interview. On the night of September 19, 2007, after an impromptu performance by Saigon during a Mobb Deep show, words were exchanged between Saigon and Prodigy.This escalated into an argument, which resulted with Saigon punching Prodigy twice and running out the club. Two video versions of the events have since emerged. One version with slow motion footage says it shows a clear look of Saigon hiding under a table, while another video shows Saigon running away from the club. The feud has appearantely died down, since Saigon had expressed happiness that Prodigy was coming home, in an interview two months before the rappers release. However Saigon kept the animosity going through his Facebook page. Crooked I While in prison, Prodigy wrote a letter about his disillusionment with hip hop and rappers. He directly referenced Crooked I's name in the rant about vibe.com's best rapper alive 2008, specifically commenting, â€œ Vibe says 920,000 people voted for it. I would personally b*tch slap all 920,000 of these voters if given the opportunity. Who in the f*ck picked Crooked I, Flo Rida and Rich Boy? How did Vibe approve this? â€? Crooked I has since responded in a blog entry, challenging Prodigy to a one-on-one fight upon the rapper's release. Havoc In July 2012, Prodigy's musical partner, Havoc wrote a series of derogatory comments about Prodigy on Twitter. At first, Havoc claimed that his Twitter account hacked. However, he later confirmed it was him and expressed his frustrations with Prodigy in an interview with AllHipHop. He stated that Mobb Deep was on an "indefinite hiatus" until the duo worked out their differences. Havoc later released a diss track aimed at Prodigy titled "Separated (Real from the Fake)". Prodigy did not respond to Havoc's song but publicly stated that Mobb Deep would eventually reconcile. In March 2013, the duo announced that they had reconciled and were going on tour. Discography Main article: Prodigy discography 2000: H.N.I.C. 2007: Return of the Mac (with The Alchemist) 2008: H.N.I.C. Pt. 2 2012: H.N.I.C. 3 2012: The Bumpy Johnson Album 2013: Albert Einstein (with The Alchemist) Filmography Murda Muzik (2004) Full Clip (2006) Blackout (2007) Rhyme and Punishment (2011)
Leon had a relationship with model and The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 3 star Cynthia Bailey, with whom he has a 13 year old daughter, Noelle Robinson (November 9, 1999). More recently, he was in a relationship with Australian fashion model Ebony Mciver. Leon loves to play tennis during his free time and is an avid New York Knicks fan, who regularly sits court side at Madison Square Garden. Filmography] All the Right Moves (1983)...Shadow Nadeing The Flamingo Kid (1984)...Fortune Smith Band of the Hand (1986)...Moss The Father Clements Story (1987)...Ice The Lawless Land (1988)...Road Kill Colors (1988)...Killer Bee The Women of Brewster Place (1989)... Abshu A Mother's Courage (1989)...Michael Thomas Like a Prayer (music video)...(1989) The Five Heartbeats (1991)...J. T. Matthews Cool Runnings (1993)...Derice Bannock Cliffhanger (1993)...Kynette Bad Attitude (1993) Above the Rim (1994)...Shep Waiting to Exhale (1995)...Russell Pure Danger (1996)...Felix Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored (1996)...Uncle Melvin Spirit Lost (1997)...John B.A.P.S. (1997)...Himself The Price of Kissing (1997)...Larry The Temptations (1998)...David Ruffin Side Streets (1999)...Errol Boyce Friends & Lovers (1999)...Tyrell Bats (1999)...Jimmy Sands The Little Richard Story (2000)...Little Richard Ali (2001)...Joe Simmons Buffalo Soldiers (2001)...Stoney Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)...Slim Cover (2007)... Ryan Chambers The Brooklyn Heist (aka Capers) (2009)... Ronald Je'Caryous Johnson Presents: 3 Ways to Get a Husband (2009) The Heart Specialist (2011)...Handsome Doctor Soul Ties (2012) Ex-Free (2012)
Crackdown On Bloggers Is Mounted By China By CHRIS BUCKLEY Big V, for verified account, is the widely used moniker for the most influential commentators on China’s growing microblog sites — online celebrities whose millions of fans read, discuss and spread their outpouring of news and opinions, plenty of which chastise or ridicule officials. And the Communist Party has turned against them in the most zealous crackdown on the Internet in years. Worried about its hold on public opinion, the Chinese government has pursued a propaganda and police offensive against what it calls malicious rumor-mongering online. Police forces across the country have announced the detentions of hundreds of microblog users since last month on charges of concocting and spreading false claims, often politically damaging. For weeks, a torrent of commentaries in the staterun news media have warned popular opinion makers on China’s biggest microblog site, Sina’s Weibo service, to watch their words. One of the most popular microbloggers, Charles Xue, an American investor of Chinese origin who writes under the name Xue Manzi, was arrested in Beijing on Aug. 23, accused of having sex with a prostitute. He has been paraded on television, contrite in jail clothes. Mr. Xue was due to finish his initial detention by Tuesday, and the police could release him or hold him for extended punishment and investigation, according to Chinese news reports. But the state news media have already made a point for other outspoken commentators. “The Internet Big V ‘Xue Manzi’ has toppled from the sacred altar,” said the main state-run news agency, Xinhua. “This has sounded a warning bell about the law to all Big V’s on the Internet.” Officials have described their campaign as urgent surgery to drain toxic lies from the Internet. But critics call that a pretext to tame the entire microblog world, honest as well as dishonest. With more than 500 million registered accounts and about 54 million daily users, Sina Weibo has grown into a raucous forum, instantly spreading news and views in brief messages that can flit past censors.
Big V has become the generic name for influential voices, not all officially verified, on microblogs, especially on Sina’s site. “Weibo” means microblog in Chinese, and other rival services also use that name. “We’re only seeing the beginning of this campaign,” said Xiao Qiang, an adjunct professor at the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley, who studies the Chinese Internet. “And this round they’ll be much harsher, and the targets will be the more influential people in the Chinese public sphere.” The campaign is among the efforts of Xi Jinping, the Communist Party leader appointed in November, to reverse the spread of liberal ideas that challenge one-party rule, observers said. For now, Mr. Xue has become the most lurid trophy in the party’s effort to undermine the credibility of many Big V’s. Chinese television news shows have broadcast outraged reports about his conduct, including one that showed him being arrested and confessing to sexual misdeeds. Mr. Xue has drawn more than 12 million registered fans to his microblog. Many supporters believe that the police kindled outrage about his sexual behavior because of his sharp criticism of officials. Even Hu Xijin, an ardently pro-party newspaper editor, agreed. “Using sexual scandal, tax evasion and so on to take down political foes is a hidden rule common among governments worldwide,” Mr. Hu wrote in a comment on his Sina Weibo account that was quickly removed. The rise of microblogs has given prominent commentators a powerful, and potentially lucrative, platform. Their reach is sweeping, even discounting the many fake and dormant accounts among the fan numbers. Sina Weibo lists 347 users — a few of them companies or groups — with more than five million registered fans each; each of the top five has more than 50 million. Plenty of the most popular users are entertainment stars; others have turned their online celebrity into its own kind of stardom, with well-paid careers based on media appearances, product endorsements and books.
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DESIGNER NADEGE BROWN INTERVIEW: 1. What is your name and where are you from? My name is NadĂ¨ge Brown and I am currently from Queens Ny. I was born in Houston TX and was raised there until The age of 6 where I moved to Saintes France. I lived in France for eight years until I turned 14 and came back to the States. I lived and attended high school in Danbury Connecticut until I moved to NYC to Attend College at the Fashion Institute of Technology. I have since resided in NYC and have lived here 8 years. 2. How did you get started in fashion? I was introduced into fashion at a very young age. My mother and grandmother would sew garments for my sister and I growing up, since We had limited income and it was a way to save money. Living in France increased my curiosity in the Fashion Industry since I was made aware of Classic French style and detail. When I was 13 a woman asked me what I liked and I replied; textiles, fashion, and traveling. This question was a crucial turning point in my life as she then said to me, "You want to be an International Buyer!" I then realized that I would pursue a business degree in Fashion at FIT, to expand my knowledge while pursuing my dreams. I have also from an early age had a passion for helping people in need. Given my background and future goals, I intend on using my business to jump start my philanthropic career and give back to charity. 3. Who do you admire in the fashion industry and what about them can you incorporate into your brand? Growing up in France my inspiration was Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Yves St Laurent and Christian Lacroix. These Designers were revered all around France, and are pillars of Modern French Design. They have helped me develop an eye for detail and construction, as well as inspired me in my own collections for SDS Swim. I strive to incorporate a classy, sensual approach on sexy swim attire that can be attributed to my French background. 4. What makes your brand unique? We at SDS swim pay attention to the slightest in details, and focus in on ways to flatter a woman's body in every shape or size. We are also one of the only swimwear brands left in NYC that manufactures straight out of the world famous Garment District in Manhattan. We support eco- friendly causes and businesses, and effectively diminish our carbon footprint where applicable. We are 100% manufactured in the U.S.A, and are extremely determined to create and maintain jobs in America. We use only the finest in materials and craftsmanship which makes each piece unique. SDS swim also takes 3% of proceeds to donate to a number of charities that support a variety of causes. 5. Does music influence your designs? Music has a major influence on my garments directly and indirectly. I have celebrity muses that inspire the concepts for certain garments, who have also become marketing vessels for the line. Bold, edgy beats are also a form of inspiration since Music is used to evoke feelings in art. I want people to see my swimwear, and gain a depiction of what theme or look I am directing through the use of music. 6. Do cultural trends inspire your creative juices? Cultural trends are crucial for sales, since they tell a story and represent a lifestyle. I pay particular
attention to trends and color forecasts in order to remain competitive against others. We also work around popular ideas and themes for photo shoots and marketing strategies in order to appeal to varying demographics among our consumers. 7. What Fashion House do you want to emulate in some ways? I would like to emulate a Fashion House such as Armani, in terms of functionality. I respect that they have a Haute Couture presence as well as for their lower division Ready to Wear collections. Armani Exchange for example, is able to incorporate swimwear and other trendy items while maintaining their umbrella under Armani Prive. I feel as though I can start my company in a niche market, and grow to expand/excel in the fashion industry. 8. Where have you done fashion shows? I had my first two fashion shows in NYC. The first was a preview Fashion Show I had poolside at The Roomate Grace Hotel in Times Square. The second event was a follow up showcasing the full 2013 collection at Skyroom in Times Square. We were able to coordinate these fabulous events in NYC with the best views and ambience we could possibly ask for. as well where the background view of NYC couldn't make the ambiance better. we Were also part of The Uptown fashion Show NYC, which was a Wonderful event that took place during MBFW S/S '14 in order to showcase emerging NYC designers. 9. Where can people purchase your line? Our customers can purchase SirĂ¨nes De Soleil on our website at www.sirenesdesoleil.com / www. sdsswim.com Pre-order firstname.lastname@example.org as well as on shakespeardark.com and soon to be available at retailers in major U.S cities. 10. What spectacular things should we expect in the next decade from Nadege Brown & her product line? Once my company takes off, I have major plans to launch a charity through my business. I would like to focus on self-esteem workshops and bringing awareness to environmental causes. I would also like to expand my fashion line into clothing for women, men, and children I also intend on keeping all manufacturing in the U.S. As well as diminishing our carbon footprint by using as many eco-friendly products where applicable. We are working on a few side projects that might be made available to the public very soon. One of which is a reality T.V. Show disposing my lifestyle and how to actually make it in America, through networking and marketing myself and the brand. It is an exciting opportunity since we will be showing what happens behind closed doors. Ambition, Faith and believing in yourself makes all the difference in the world!
Victoria Secret CEO Sharon Jester Turney was allegedly in a steamy affair with 50 year old Cliff Donenfeld. Mr. Donenfeld says he met the powerful mogul at a private party and the two became romantically involved over the next two years. He says that he helped her with everything from sex to business decisions. According to Mr. Donefeld, she promised him many things, but the only thing he got was a watch. He plans to write a book and spill all the beans. Talking about a man scorned, boy oh boy, what is the world coming to. By Saadiq Busby
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A former LA police Officer is supected of killing his own. Christopher Domer, is alleged to have killed several people including a police officer, and the daughter of a ranking officer in the LA police department. Doner believed that he was unjustly fired from his job as a LA police officer, because he wittnessed a superior conduct brutality on a mentally-ill suspect. Doner posted online that people would pay for his mistreatment, and people have. Police in LA have over 60,000 officers going door to door trying to find him. Doner is a leutent in the Army Reserves , so he knows how to be evasive. I guess you could say, the crimes of the LA Police force has come back to haunt them.
Live Nation Executive Chairman Irving Azoff is collecting an exit package worth around $30 million, and is likely handing off the chairman’s reins at the ticketing and touring firm to Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei — though a new chairman is yet to be named. Azoff, who cemented his exit deal at a board meeting Dec. 10 — two days before he turned 65 — is cashing in his chips before year-end tax codes expire. Capital-gains taxes for high-wage earners are expected to leap to 20 percent this year from 15 percent in 2012. Live Nation’s biggest shareholder, Liberty Media, is picking up 1.7 million shares of Azoff ’s stock — boosting its stake in the company to 26.4 percent — and paying Azoff around $17 million. Live Nation shares yesterday gained 3.7 percent to $9.31. The stock is up 12 percent over the last year. Azoff, named Billboard’s most powerful man in music in 2012, told The Post that corporations are “just not for me,” and that he’d had enough of all the challenges. “Washington, Wall Street, dealing with the [Department of Justice], the [Federal Trade Commission] . . . I don’t want to sound like [departed Sirius XM boss] Mel Karmazin, but I can’t work for shareholders; I want to be the sole shareholder,” Azoff said. “It was painful for me,” he added. Azoff is self-employed for the first time since 2004. He exits the company with a host of artists whom he’s managed for years — including The Eagles and Christina Aguilera. Azoff, who will join Liberty Media’s Starz board, said his future may involve talent representation beyond his speciality of music. He is already on the board of sports management firm IMG. “I doubt many were expecting it, but few will be surprised,” Gary Bongiovanni, editor of the trade publication Pollstar, told The Post. “Irving gets restless and hates being confined to any position where he can’t do what he wants without lawyers or investors being on his back. His true love has always been artist management.” Liberty Media is still mulling a possible move to take the firm private, said a source close to Live Nation, though no changes are imminent. Separately, Live Nation’s current CEO, Michael Rapino, is renewing his contract for five years, the firm said.
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