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November 3, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Let's admit it: Almost no one listens to the safety instructions that flight attendants give at the start of each flight. Even the airlines know it. That is why so many have tried to enliven their safety messages. Over the last week, Virgin America and Delta Airlines have unveiled new safety videos that are shown to passengers to get the message across in an attention-grabbing way. Delta's new video has a holiday spin, featuring Christmas elves, Santa Claus, snowmen, and Alex Trebek from the television game show "Jeopardy.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Here are three words we thought we'd never hear at Pop & Hiss: “Dolly Parton raps.” But there are things that we come across -- or in this case pops up in our inbox -- so outlandish, and amazing, they can't be ignored.  Parton has parodied herself for our entertainment and it's only right we share it with the world. The country legend hasn't abandoned her throne at Dollywood to try a hand at a new career. But the Grammy-winning legend made a surprise visit to “The Queen Latifah Show” to perform a freestyle she wrote in honor in Latifah, her costar in the 2012 movie “Joyful Noise.” PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Clad in her own version of hip-hop couture -- a blond wig, chic gold chains, chunky earrings and a sleek black dress and leggings combo -- Parton delivered a spry 16 bars and looked hot in the process (too far, or no?
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 2013 | By Chris Lee
Jimmy Kimmel, I feel your pain -- and your gain. In 2010, I found myself engulfed in a “rap feud” with Kanye West much like the one in which Kimmel, the L.A.-based talk show host, found himself Thursday, with the erstwhile Louis Vuitton don going on a gonzo Twitter offensive against me and the media universe craning in to gawk and skewer the commotion. In Kimmel's case, West became enraged courtesy of the “ Kid Re-Kreation ” video he commissioned to lampoon a recent, typically magniloquent interview that Yeezus gave the BBC (in which he refers to himself as “a god” and muses at high volume and great length about leather jogging pants)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Justin Bieber's transition from cute tween pop star to adult heartthrob continues its rocky, oft-confusing, but wholly entertaining journey. His latest entry into “SMH” career moments is “Lolly,” the new single from R&B singer-hitmaker Maejor Ali (formerly Bei Maejor) that features cringe-worthy rap verses from Bieber and strip-club king Juicy J. The single was released earlier this year, and its video made its debut Tuesday. “Lolly” is a completely sturdy entry into R&B/hip-hop, a style that continues to be a staple on club dance floors and in strip clubs.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
A few minutes into J. Cole's Sunday night set at the Rock the Bells hip-hop festival in San Bernardino, the introspective wordsmith thanked the crowd for just being there. “I know there were other choices, but I appreciate you coming to me,” Cole said as the crowd  cheered. It was a rather humble acknowledgment of the obvious. The final night of the two-day festival felt noticeably thinner than Saturday, but still, the nearly 11,000 seats of the main stage were packed more than 30 minutes before he began his set. The overflow crowd sprawled out on the lawn behind the general admission orchestra and loge sections.  On adjacent stages, the Christian rap of Lecrae and the tawdry, strip-club bounce of Juicy J played out to whatever was left of Sunday's delegation of hip-hop purists at the San Manuel Amphitheater.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
The hip-hop festival Rock the Bells kicked off its 10th anniversary run Saturday at San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, and to celebrate the landmark event, organizers called upon some unlikely guests. The late rappers Eazy-E and Ol' Dirty Bastard materialized in hologram-like form over the weekend, joining a lineup of more than 60 acts on a bill that included veterans and newcomers such as Common, Jurassic 5, J. Cole and Kid Cudi. FOR THE RECORD: Rock the Bells: In the Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 8, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
SAN BERNARDINO -- “I can't hear ya'll. Are ya'll ready for this ...”  N.W.A's DJ Yella asked the thousands that packed into mainstage for the Bone Thugs-N-Harmony set Saturday night. The crowd knew what was coming: Fallen N.W.A founder Eazy-E was about to make his grand entrance to “perform” again. Yet the packed audience waited with baited breath from the very moment the Cleveland rap crew took the stage as darkness - and an incredibly welcomed breeze - swept over opening night.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Last week Juicy J tweeted that he would be "giving out a 50k scholarships to the best chick that can twerk. " The veteran emcee, who had a breakout year thanks to a handful of strip club anthems, quickly deleted the tweets. But that hardly meant that he was rescinding the offer.  Fifty grand is still on the table for any female (no males, please) who wants to compete. So what must one do to enter the contest? MTV Video Music Awards: Best & Worst | Show Highlights Well the official entry rules -- which were released on Wednesday courtesy of the rapper's label, Columbia -- don't exactly specify twerking as a means to win. Instead, female fans between the ages of 18 and 25 can enter the competition by creating YouTube videos explaining, or “showing,” why they're most deserving of the prize.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
Becky G vividly remembers what she calls "my little mini midlife crisis. " It happened seven years ago, when she was 9. At the time, her family had been forced to move into her grandparents' Inglewood garage after losing its Riverside County home. Money was tight. Her dad was stressing out. And her mom was "really scared. " That's when Becky had an epiphany. "I did have this moment of realization of, 'Oh, my God, what am I going to do with my life?'" she says. "Just feeling like I had to get my act together, even though there was really nothing to put together yet. " Today, the biggest challenge facing the preternaturally ambitious Mexican American teen isn't getting her act together.
SPORTS
August 7, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  Peyton Manning has once again proved why he is the funniest pro athlete around, and brother Eli is not far behind him. The two star in a commercial for a new DirecTV feature that allows users to watch football on their smartphones. And what better way to sell that than by having the two NFL stars appear in a rap video. In a video reminiscent of some of Andy Samberg's work on "Saturday Night Live," the Mannings dress up, well, like you'd expect the Mannings to dress if they were rap stars, while performing "Football on Your Phone," a tune you will not be able to get out of your head after listening to it. And any video that features scones, milk, bad wigs and Alexander Graham Bell is worth watching.
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