Tauheed Epps, aka 2 Chainz, performs at the second weekend of the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 20, 2013 in Indio, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP) by Dion Rabouin I often find myself in conversations centered on the question, “What happened to hip hop?” The best answer that I’ve found came from HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher in reference to a previous conversation he had with rapper Jay-Z. Maher had chastised Jay about his lyrics, particularly the over-the-top braggadocio about Maybachs, Ace of Spades and spending Euros (that’s right, plural) that has come to define the Brooklyn-born rapper in the later stages of his career. “Why don’t people hate you?” Maher asked. (I’m paraphrasing.)
JUNE AMBROSE The Huffington Post says they were nearly knocked off our stilettos when they heard VH1 didn’t renew June Ambrose’s sassy docu-soap “Styled By June.”
GLORIA ROLANDO AND TONYAA WEATHERSBEE by Tonyaa Weathersbee No doubt, last month was a fortuitous time for Gloria Rolando, the renowned Afro-Cuban filmmaker, to be touring the United States.
Beyonce is seen at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit in New York on May 6. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, file) by…
“The Great Gatsby” stars Leonardo DiCaprio as the glamorous, elusive billionaire; Toby Maguire as his modest, admiring neighbor Nick Carraway; Carey Mulligan as Daisy; and…
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SANDRA GUZMÁN by Sandra Guzmán (CNN) — When does a romantic anniversary trip with your hubby to celebrate five years of marital bliss become an international kerfuffle, complete with calls for you to be prosecuted for treason? Well, when it’s Cuba, where Americans are banned from traveling to for tourism, thanks to one of the most enduring embargoes in the history of mankind.
ROSA CLEMENTE By Charlene Muhammad LOS ANGELES (FinalCall.com) – Rappers and music audiences appear to be engaged in a battle over freedom of speech and consumerism with a backlash against negative lyrics.
JAY-Z by Dion Rabouin ATLANTA (RTNS)–Sports writers have long lamented the lack of seminal sports figures in today’s game. Folks say athletes willing to take a stand like Jackie Robinson and Muhammad Ali are conspicuously missing in this generation.
CELEBRATING ANNIVERSARY–Beyonce and her husband, rapper Jay-Z, are surrounded by body guards as they tour Old Havana in Cuba, April 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) by Andrea Rodriguez HAVANA (AP) — Beyonce and Jay-Z caused a big stir in Havana as they marked their fifth wedding anniversary Thursday.