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According to XXL mag, rapper T.I. will co-headline the upcoming Turn Up the Vote National Hip-Hop Summit in Philadelphia on Sunday, April 20 with Russell Simmons and R&B singer Ciara.

A number of Hip-Hop stars and industry personalities are expected to attend the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN). T.I. will discuss issues important to the youth of today such as the 2008 presidential election and the need to get out and vote. T.I. secured permission from the federal prosecutor’s office to travel out of state for this event.

In other T.I. news, according to Sonia Murray of the AJC, T.I. lost his multi-million dollar promotional deal with General Motors as a result of his legal troubles. “GM had to back up off of me. There are films that I missed out on. Not speaking of, of course, shows. Tours. Tons of business. I’ve probably lost about $10 to $12 million dollars, said T.I.


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Isn’t Rocsi Puerto Rican?

From USA Today:

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A Puerto Rican woman has accused the premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands of raping her, police in the British Caribbean territory said.

    Local police and the FBI are investigating the woman’s claim that Premier Michael Misick assaulted her on the night of March 27, deputy police commissioner Hubert Hughes said Tuesday.

    Misick, who has held the top office since 2003, said in a televised address last week that a woman had filed a false complaint of sexual assault against him but he would be cleared of the “outrageous allegations.”

    The FBI field office in Miami referred questions to the U.S. Embassy in Barbados, where assistant legal attache Norman Scott said he could not confirm or deny any U.S. involvement in the investigation.

    Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory. (Source)

Big ups to loyal reader Kim Suchnsuch for the tip!


Photo: SF Chronicle

For whatever reason you won’t see the story of this missing 12-year-old on any of the major television networks tonight. Thanks to loyal reader Kenesha for bringing this story to my attention.

Taken from the San Francisco Chronicle:

    Police are searching for a 12-year-old San Francisco girl who has been missing since Monday morning when she told her mother she was headed to school on the bus.

    Billie McGee never arrived at S.R. Martin College Preparatory School, where she is in the seventh grade and on the honor roll.

    On Tuesday, San Francisco police Sgt. Steve Mannina said investigators are treating the disappearance as a missing persons case.

    “No one’s heard from her,” he said.

    Her mother, Tina Brown, said Billie has never run away. She fears the worst.

    “Someone took her,” Brown said.

    Brown worked a graveyard shift at San Francisco General Hospital on Sunday night and said she called her daughter first thing Monday morning to let her know she would be working late and could not drive her to school.

    Billie agreed to catch a city bus on Geneva Avenue, as she has done before, and to head to her school near Candlestick Park on her own, her mother said.

    “She was like, ‘OK, Mommy, but I gotta hurry,’ ” her mother said.

    Nothing seemed out of the ordinary, Brown said. The day before, the family had gone to church and to the movies.

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Ali and her mom Bettie-Sue. Photo source

I didn’t watch the Biggest Loser this season, but I’m all for people accomplishing personal goals that they set for themselves. The show focused on calorically-challenged contestants who were given a time frame to lose excess poundage. Ali, who competed with her mom, came out the big winner in the Biggest Loser contest. Good for her!

Here are some of the before and after shots of the contestants. I was most impressed with the before and after pics of husband and wife team Curtis and Mallory who lost a total of two of me! Kudos to them! The new season begins in October.


Curtis and Mallory


Roger (on the left) was one of the 3rd place finalists. The brother didn’t place.


Brothers Mark and Jay came in at 4th place

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R&B girl group Cherish drops their new album “The Truth” on May 13th. Their last album “Unappreciated”, only went gold but the ladies are sure they have the right combination of tracks this time around: “Our new album is named The Truth, and it basically delves into the different aspects of our lives,” says Fallon, 20. “The entire album reflects our lives and our situations.”

The first single off the album, “Killa” featuring rapper Yung Joc, also appears on the Step Up 2 Soundtrack. The sisters shoot the video for their second single today in Atlanta.


Photo spotted on Woohah!

According to sources close to Ludacris‘ camp, Luda, real name Chris Bridges, is currently filming a new movie based on the hit video game Max Payne. The movie also stars Mark Wahlberg as New York City DEA agent Max Payne whose family is brutally murdered in a government conspiracy.

Luda will play the role of NYPD Chief Jim Bravura. The movie is currently lensing in Toronto, Canada where Luda leased a bachelor pad. The rapper who claims to have an ample supply of women in every area code, will be in Atlanta next Thursday (4/24) to host an exclusive invite-only charity event. The event will be co-hosted by Ciara and DTP CEO Chaka Zulu.


Photo: Bobby V Myspace

As most of you already know, Bobby Valentino was unceremoniously dropped from Ludacris‘ DTP Records. The pint sized crooner hooked up with another Atlanta outfit called Blue Collar Records and he plans to release his new album “Come With Me” on iTunes on April 29th.

I don’t know if this track is from the new CD, but I like it. “Itinerary” was written and produced by Bobby V. Other tracks on his new album are produced by Bill Jabar and his mainstay producers Tim and Bob, among others.

In a recent video interview posted on Stayondeck.com, Bobby V says music industry veterans are “really cut throat” and warns potential artists that it’s a rough business. “The people that you think really care about you probably don’t,” says Bobby, adding, “Don’t quit your day job.”


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This past Saturday, Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Ne-Yo hosted a pre-Mother’s Day Brunch honoring 4 metro Atlanta foster and single mothers at his Compound recording facility.

The Def Jam recording artist invited the media out to have lunch and interview the ladies as a precursor to his Mother’s Day Brunch Serenade on May 11 in Atlanta where his Compound Foundation will honor 50 metro Atlanta foster and single mothers in Atlanta.

“We hope to bring attention to state of the foster care system in America and to honor mothers that deserve recognition. It is very easy for this group to get lost in the system and ignored because they are not troubled or dysfunctional; they are normal and super normal,”

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Steve Harvey looks like a fool. First he shaves off his gray hair and now this. Isn’t it pitiful when old men can’t accept that they’re aging and tries to recapture their youth? I blame Viagra for this nonsense. Viagra got these old dudes feeling themselves. There is nothing sexy about old men wearing their sons clothes. This is what Jay Z and Sean Combs have to look forward to in a few years.