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Wedding Tape Bandits Caught
Posted 06/16/06       
Tito Moses and Steven Wortman were arraigned Wednesday night on charges of Conspiracy, Attempted Grand Larceny and Possession of Stolen Property after trying to sell Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony their stolen wedding video back for $1million. A filed report states that both men first tried selling the tape to top media outlets like People, Us Weekly and Access Hollywood, but found no-takers.
Premo, Aguilera collaborate on upcoming LP
Posted 06/14/06       
According to Vibe.com, DJ Premier, one of Hip-Hops most recognized and successful producers of classic albums like Nas’, Illmatic, Jay-Z’s, Reasonable Doubt and the Notorious B.I.G.’s, Ready to Die, is working with R&B songstress Christina Aguilera's on her new LP.   Click here to read the full article on Vibe.com
Usher Volunteers, Helps Katrina Victims
Posted 06/14/06       

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Five-time Grammy winning R&B artist Usher and dozens of volunteers worked together to clear an overgrown lawn at the International School of Louisiana, the state's first foreign language-based charter school, which has been closed since Katrina hit Aug. 29.

``To see it, in this state, it's devastating,'' Usher said, cutting away at the vines that had twisted through the chain-link fence surrounding the school, slated to reopen later this year.

``I'm here to physically do something and hopefully motivate other people to do the same,'' said Usher, the latest in a growing list of celebrities to visit New Orleans and the Gulf Coast since Katrina.

Last month, actresses Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner and Cicely Tyson joined a group of women brought here by the Children's Defense Fund to bring attention to the needs of storm victims, particularly traumatized children. You can read the full article here (AP)


More Problems for C-Murder
Posted 06/14/06       

Rapper Corey 'C-Murder' Miller, brother of Hip Hop mogul Master P, has recently violated the terms of his house arrest, so he is once again headed back to prison.

C-Murder was originally arrested and charged in the 2002 shooting death of 16-year-old Steve Thomas following a dispute outside of a Louisiana nightclub called the "Platinum Club"... The Louisiana Supreme Court later overturned C-Murder's conviction and accepted his request for a new trial. He had been on house arrest since March 2006.

Fox, Lopez join 'Dancing with the Stars'
Posted 06/12/06       
According to US Magazine, Vivica A. Fox and Mario Lopez are among the stars casted on the upcoming season of "Dancing with the Stars". No official announcement from ABC.
Lenny Kravitz to Star in "Iced"
Posted 06/12/06       
Lenny Kravitz is making his feature film debut in the movie "Iced".
'Iced' is based on Ray Shell's novel which follows the life of promising musician Cornelius Washington Jr, (played by Kravitz), who excelled in school and attended Columbia on a full scholarship, before becoming a crack addict.
Ice Cube plans New Friday Movie
Posted 06/12/06       
Hip Hop veteran Ice Cube is reportedly planning a NEW 'Friday' movie, and is seeking the help of funny man Chris Tucker, who co-starred with Ice Cube in the original 'Friday'. This would be the 4th installment of the Friday franchise. No word yet on the title...
Three 6 Mafia Down a Man
Posted 06/08/06       
According to AllHipHop.com, Crunchy Black (who's real name is Darnell Carlton) has left the Award winning rap group Three 6 Mafia.

In a recent interview with Hot 97’s Miss Info, the group's remaining members indicated that they haven’t communicated with Crunchy Black in several months.

Three 6 Mafia was the first African-American hip-hop group to win an Academy Award for 'Best Song' and the first hip-hop group to ever perform at the Academy Awards (March 5, 2006).. The group won an award for their signature track, "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from the Hustle and Flow soundtrack.
Janet Jackson's New Album Drops September 26th
Posted 06/07/06       
TMZ.AOL has confirmed the release date of Janet Jackson's new album "20 Years Old". According to their website, Janet's 11th album will hit the market on September 26, 2006.
Oprah's Flying Mansion
Posted 06/05/06       

MONTREAL, Quebec (AP) -- Oprah Winfrey is about to receive the custom-built, $42 million executive jet she ordered from Bombardier Aerospace, a Canadian newspaper reported.

The talk-show host's production company, Harpo, is paying for the Global Express XRS jet, which will have seating for about 10 passengers, the Montreal newspaper La Presse reported.

A spokesman for Bombardier told the French-language daily that Winfrey's plane would be "typically equipped" for a jet with such a price tag.

The plane will have leather interior and designer fixtures for the bathroom and galley, among other high-end trimmings.

Bombardier's line of executive jets have proved popular with the rich and famous. Director Steven Spielberg, computer mogul Bill Gates and Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte all reportedly have models of the Global Express jet. - Associated Press Article


Lawyers ask Judge to Bar R. Kelly Sex Tape
Posted 06/05/06       

Both the prosecution and the defense in the upcoming R. Kelly trial asked the judge on Thursday to bar the public from viewing a videotape allegedly showing the singer having sex with an underage girl.

At a hearing in the Cook County Criminal Court building, both sides asked Judge Vincent Gaughan to only allow jurors, lawyers on both sides and the judge himself to view the tape during Kelly's trial.

In a motion filed by prosecutors, Assistant Cook County State's Attys. Suana Boliker and Robert Heilingoetter argued that because the girl was a minor Gaughan should bar its dissemination in court. Kelly's lawyers also recently filed a similar motion.

They argued that the video is so graphic and lewd it would embarrass the girl. - chron.com

Speaking of Sex Tapes...
Posted 06/05/06       

BadOJ.com has what appears to be a recording of the Juice (OJ Simpson) in a 3-way romp with drug addicted hookers, to make matters worse, the site quotes Simpson as saying:
"I didn't believe in sex ­addicts until my last few ­girlfriends," "I'm a ­sexaholic! ... If I'm not sexually active, I become destructive."

Phoenix-based celebrity skin broker David Hans Schmidt said that at one point during the action, Simpson and one of the women go into a bathroom to snort cocaine while the other woman rifles through Simpson's pants and removes money from his wallet. Elsewhere on the tape, said Schmidt, Simpson sings, "If I only had a brain." Simpson and his attorney deny the validity of the tape.
- NY Daily News

Michael Bolton Offers to Help Whitney
Posted 06/05/06       
Contemporary music icon Michael Bolton is one of many stars who are rooting for singer Whitney Houston after her latest stint with drugs. Bolton said that he has met and done fundraisers with Houston, but he has never performed with her. Bolton went as far as to say that he'd 'love' it if Houston would consider singing one of his songs. -Starpulse News Blog
Method Man's New CD
Posted 06/05/06       
Method Man's new album 4:21 features guest appearances by Fat Joe and Styles P, with production by RZA and Dr. Dre. The first single from the album is a colaboration with Lauryn Hill called "Say".

Method Man's first two albums, 1994's Tical and 1998's Tical 2000, were both certified platinum for sales of a million copies. - icebergradio
Funny man Mike Epps Releases New DVD
Posted 06/05/06       
Urban Works is gearing up to release funny man Mike Epps' full-length uncut DVD called "Inappropriate Behavior". The new DVD shows Epps at his best, delivering an unforgettable dose of brilliant comedy as he performs material from his "Inappropriate Behavior" comedy tour. - PR Newswire
Bonds Reality Show CANCELLED
Posted 06/05/06       
ESPN has announced that it has officially pulled the plug on its Barry Bonds reality show, citing a conflict with the controversial slugger's representatives over "creative control." The show had been on hiatus since March 30th because of poor ratings. - Hollywood Reporter/Yahoo
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