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December 8, 2013 |
The Watts Prophets performing group, formed by three young poets in the wake of the 1965 Watts riots, was known for hard-edged commentary. But perhaps the most feisty of the trio was Richard Dedeaux, who once challenged Muhammad Ali to a poetry fight. "We were going to a reception after a performance at an event at the L.A. Convention Center, walking behind Muhammad Ali and his entourage," said another member of the group, Amde Hamilton. Dedeaux ran up to the famed boxer and sometime poet and tapped him on the shoulder.
November 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Rep. Trey Radel, a first-term Republican from Florida, faces arraignment in a Washington court Wednesday morning after being charged with possession of a controlled substance, according to court documents. Radel was arrested on Oct. 29 on a charge of cocaine possession, according to Politico, which first reported the story. Radel could face 180 days in jail and a possible fine of $1,000 if convicted. In a statement released after the news broke, Radel 39 and a former radio talk show host from Fort Myers, said his struggle with alcoholism “led to an extremely irresponsible choice,” and that he would seek counseling.
October 30, 2013 |
VH1 will look at hip-hop's influence on culture with a four-part documentary, the network announced Wednesday. Based on Steve Stoute's best-selling book, “The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy,” VH1's documentary will provide a visual history of “the hip-hopification of America” -- which Stoute coined in his book as “tanning.” The series, which falls under the network's Emmy-winning...
October 21, 2013 |
Sorry, zombies. AMC's "The Walking Dead" continues to have fans swarming Twitter, but the apocalyptic show couldn't top Tuesday night's BET Hip Hop Awards. The music awards show, which gave multiple honors to Kendrick Lamar and Drake, was the most tweeted-about telecast for the week that ended Sunday. The show had a unique Twitter audience of 6.88 million -- meaning that's the number of people who viewed the tweets -- and generated 2.55 million mentions. The accolades-fest was packed with performances by the likes of Meek Mill , 2 Chainz , Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Future, Rick Ross and the Cyphers.
October 16, 2013 |
There's one thing that took a major backseat on the 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards: actual awards. The telecast, which aired Tuesday, didn't parcel out many trophies during its two-hour telecast. Instead most of the night was dedicated to live performances from a gamut of acts including Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Future, Rick Ross and the always hotly anticipated cyphers. For those who missed the telecast, and all of the chatter that dominated Twitter throughout the night, we tuned in and kept a running tab of all the moments that wowed, delivered a head scratch or made for a great, and likely profane quotable.
October 10, 2013 |
A few things dominated the pop music conversation this year. A British boy band, a pop comeback king, a pair of hip-hop outliers and a NSFW music video - - all of which drives the nominations for the 2013 American Music Awards, which were announced Thursday morning. Seattle hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis led the pack with six nominations, while Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake followed with five nods apiece. Florida Georgia Line, Rihanna and Robin Thicke received four, and Bruno Mars and Imagine Dragons both scored three nods.