June 4, 2013 |
Kelly Rowland may not be the Destiny's Child member naming a tour in honor of her marriage to Jay-Z or getting her rump slapped in Copenhagen. Yet since that girl-group's bust-up (with reunions at Beyoncé's behest), Rowland has become a well-heeled soloist, hip-hop's collaborator du jour (ask MCs Rick Ross and Lil Wayne), a dance music queen, and now, a judge on Simon Cowell's The X Factor . All that made Friday's intimate double-headliner showcase at Theater of the Living Arts with vocalist/producer The-Dream a hot ticket.
April 14, 2013 |
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Even Lil Wayne knew this was wrong. Even a gangsta rapper who spent 8 months in prison realized it was wrong for golf's fussbudgets to pick on a 14-year-old Chinese amateur. Tianlang Guan, the tiny Asian amateur champion who on Thursday became the youngest player to play in a Masters, was assessed a one-stroke penalty for slow play on the 17th hole Friday afternoon. Playing among glacially slow millionaires and making history in his sport's brightest spotlight 12,000 miles from his home, tournament officials dinged the kid for slow play.
April 6, 2013 |
Do you remember the pulsating beat and powerful lyrics of Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, or LL Cool J? Those artists were some of the key figures of old school hip-hop. They had a message, a unique style, a following, and no doubt a contract with a major record label. Today, the pioneer rappers have been replaced by Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and Big Sean. The message, the style, and fans may differ from the past, but the biggest change from old school to new school is the use of social media.
March 24, 2013 |
Lil Wayne has posted a video thanking fans for their support while he was ill. Lil, 30, was hospitalized after having what has been described as a serious seizure last Friday. "I just want to say thank you to all y'all for all y'all prayers," Lil says. "I want all y'all to know that I'm good . . . more than good. " Lil's rep has denied a TMZ report that he fell ill due to an overdose and that his condition was so grave he received last rites. But can they top LiLo?
March 18, 2013 |
Lil Wayne has been hospitalized, but according to his camp and his official Twitter account, he's OK. The multiplatinum rapper was hospitalized in Los Angeles on Friday and reps confirmed he was "recovering. " He apparently tweeted to his fans from his official account Friday night: "I'm good everybody. Thx for the prayers and love. " A person close to the rap star's camp who asked for anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter confirmed to the Associated Press that Lil Wayne had a seizure.
February 17, 2013 |
Does Lil Wayne realize how damaging he was to the late Emmett Till 's memory and to the civil rights legacy when he made sexual references in his depiction of Till's beating death in a remix of Future 's "Karate Chop"? So asks a Till cousin, Airickca Gordon-Taylor , who wants Wayne to issue an apology. Till, 14, was murdered for allegedly flirting with a white woman. "It was a heinous murder," his cousin says. "He was brutally beaten and tortured, and he was shot, wrapped in barbed wire, and tossed in the Tallahatchie River.
February 16, 2013 |
Epic Records this week went to "great efforts" to remove a leaked recording by Lil Wayne that features lyrics that have deeply offended the family of Emmett Till . The tune, a cover of rapper Future 's "Karate Chop," features pornographic sexual references in its description of the beating death of Till, a 14-year-old Chicago boy tortured and shot in Mississippi in 1955 for supposedly whistling at a white woman. Responding to objections by Till's family, the Rev. Jesse Jackson contacted Lil Wayne's managers with a request to take the song off the Web. "Out of respect for the legacy of Emmett Till and his family . . . we are going through great efforts to take down the unauthorized [remix]
December 19, 2012 |
Gwen Stefani has learned a basic truth about being a parent: You always feel guilty. Especially if you are a woman juggling work and home. "Getting to the studio and not being able to make it happen, but missing out on being at home, missing out on putting the kids down. What's more important? I felt so guilty," the No Doubt singer tells Vogue of raising her two sons with hub Gavin Rossdale , Kingston , 6, and Zuma , 4. Gwen, 43, says she kept thinking, "I am letting everyone down.
December 18, 2012 |
Meek Mill, the 25-year-old North Philadelphia rapper swaggering along the cusp of fame and fortune, has been grounded for a month. No tours. No traveling. No performing, except for charity. Less than two months after the release of his first CD, Dreams and Nightmares, a scheduled trip to Africa has been cancelled, and other appearances in St. Thomas and across the United States have also been nixed. And it's all the fault of Meek's alter ego, Robert Williams, convicted in 2008 on a criminal cornucopia of charges including selling drugs to an undercover police officer, possessing illegal guns and hiding wads of tainted cash in his dresser drawers.
February 7, 2012 |
Along this strip of Germantown Avenue where business is cheap and quick, prayer is its own commodity. Places of worship have staked their claim amid the take-out food stores, discount shops, abandoned buildings, and blue lights from a police surveillance camera on the corner, near Silver Street. Inside the storefront Philly Open Air Church this mild Wednesday night, the youth-study Bible lesson is on the power of forgiveness, out of the book of Matthew. The circle of nine - mostly teenage boys and young men - sit on worn couches in a conversation that turns to violence.