Music producer Swizz Beatz, who is married to musician Alicia Keys, is on the run from federal prosecutors, according to the Associated Press. Beatz, real name Kasseem Dean, 33, is listed as the CEO on the website of the Hong Kong-based file sharing website, Megaupload.com, which was shut down by feds today.
The Associated Press reports:
The indictment accuses the company of costing copyright holders more than $500 million in lost revenue from pirated films and other content. The indictment was unsealed Thursday, one day after websites shut down in protest of two congressional proposals intended to thwart the online piracy of copyrighted movies and TV programs.
Yesterday, Swizz Beatz was unmasked as the CEO/owner of the world's largest file sharing website by the NY Post, which alleged that Beatz got some of his celebrity friends to appear in a star-studded promotional vehicle for Megaupload.com.
High powered celebrities such as Sean "Diddy" Combs, Kanye West, Floyd Mayweather, Serena Williams and others are seen happily promoting the illegal service in the video.
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No wonder Alicia Keys is hanging on tightly to music producer Squid Beaks: he's worth untold millions!
According to the NY Post, Swizz is one of the owners (along with a German guy) of the world's largest file sharing site, Megaupload.com. Unfortunately, Megaupload.com was shut down today -- and its employees were arrested and indicted by the feds for moving mass quantities of illegal music and movie files online.
Ironically, Swizz Beatz is exactly the type of shady individual that the anti-piracy SOPA bill is targeting. This means Mr. Beaks himself could be in handcuffs very soon!
Swizz Beatz has Sean “Diddy” Combs, Kanye West and Will.i.am in hot water with their label by getting them to promote his site, MegaUpload. The CEO of the Internet company, Beatz — also a recording artist, producer and DJ — persuaded the stars to appear in a “Mega Song” video promoting his service, intended to send large media files. The catch is the music industry has been fighting against file sharing, accusing the services MegaUpload offers of supporting piracy. Beatz’s wife, Alicia Keys, has also promoted the site with her picture and a quote. Swizz had also asked Mary J. Blige, Kim Kardashian, Lil Jon and Macy Gray to promote MegaUpload. Source
It's a shame that Negroes will do anything for money.
A gay activist group is pushing a training video to teachers and parents featuring school children between the ages of 6-12 discussing what it means to live a gay lifestyle.
According to CNSnews.com, The Human Rights Campaign, a homosexual advocacy group, has produced a “professional development film” through its website called the Welcoming Schools project.
On its home page, the Welcoming Schools project states that it “is an LGBT-inclusive approach to addressing family diversity, gender stereotyping and bullying and name-calling in K-5 learning environments. … Additionally, it offers a wide range of resources for school administrators and educators to support students who don’t conform to gender norms.”
CNSNews.com says questions to the Human Rights Campaign -- "including inquires about whether the training sessions are taking place in schools, how many schools are participating, and whether or not the video will be viewed by children -- were not answered before this story was posted."
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Whenever rapper T.I. hits the scene he's going to be sharp in anything he wears. We often receive emails from readers asking about T.I.'s gear. T.I. attended Dwyane Wade’s 30th birthday bash at Setal Hotel in Miami Sunday night. According to style connoisseur, Allen over at Upscale Hype, the 'Family Hustle' star wore a black Oakland Raiders cap, Dita Mach-One sunglasses ($700), a black wax coated denim jacket, grey cargo pants, and a pair of Nike Air Yeezy black/pink sneakers, first released in 2009 with a retail price of $79. Now they retail for $215.
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Actor Michael Ealy joins forces with Kate Beckinsale when the Underworld comes to OUR world tomorrow! 'Underworld Awakening' is in theaters tomorrow, Jan. 20!
Watch the special message from Michael Ealy above (clicking image opens new window).
Comedian Bill Cosby and Civil Rights leader Jesse Jackson have more secret children than Joe Jackson.
Jesse Jackson, who is no relation to Joe, admitted he fathered a daughter, Ashley, by a woman he carried on an affair with in 1999. The girl is now 12, and Jackson owes her mother, Karin Stanford, $11,694.50 in back child support, according to the ENQUIRER.
Stanford was a top aide with Jackson’s Rainbow PUSHCoalition until The ENQUIRER exposed the affair -- and the love child -- in 2001 (how many of you are thinking at least she's black?)
After admitting paternity, Jackson paid the court ordered child support and visited Ashley (and Stanford) at their California home regularly over the past decade.
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The NYPD is developing body scanners which will detect concealed weapons on the streets. The technology is still years away but it is welcome news to citizens of New York.
According to NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly, the new technology will be mounted on police cars on the streets. It will detect radiation emitted from a person's body through any fabric or packaging except metal. The images will reveal the outline of the gun underneath the person's clothing.
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British tourists James Cooper and James Kouzaris were on their way back to their hotel after an evening of drinking at a bar in Sarasota, Florida last year. Unfamiliar with the area, the two friends took a wrong turn and ended up in the ghetto where they were ambushed by a criminal minded ghetto dweller who riddled their bodies with bullets fired from an AK-47.
A new and controversial Smartphone app probably would have saved the men's lives. The Microsoft app helps unsuspecting tourists (as well as longtime residents) avoid the ghetto in cities across America.
The name of the app -- 'Avoid The Ghetto' -- doesn't sit well with critics who fear the app will drive tourists away, thereby hurting the economy in impoverished areas.
"It's appalling," says Sarah E. Chinn, author of 'Technology and the Logic of American Racism.
"Of course an application like this defines crime pretty narrowly, since all crimes happen in all kinds of neighborhoods," she told AOL. "I can't imagine that there aren't perpetrators of domestic violence, petty and insignificant drug possession, fraud, theft, and rape in every area."
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Troubled singer Rihanna is losing weight, but for all the right reasons says her personal trainer Ary Nunez.
Rihanna, 23, has ben working out with her personal trainer in Hawaii to get back in shape for the start of her world tour in February. “Rihanna is so connected to her body,” said Nunez, who is on call with Rihanna 24/7 when she is one the road. “She used to work out because it was part of her responsibility, but now she works out because she loves it!”
Nunez doesn't mention the drugs or alcohol that RiRi reportedly consumes between workouts. But he does make sure she fuels her body with the right combination of protein and amino acids to promote muscle growth and tone.
“It’s more about feeding her to perform,” Nuñez says. “She is big on protein. She loves it.”
Once again, kids, ignore those rumors of Rihanna hooking back up with troubled singer Chris Brown. That simply is not true. Rihanna may be immature and hard up for a man right now, but she has way too much pride to share a man with another chick - especially not a moron like Chris.
Normally, superstar Kelly Rowland's style game is on point, but she decided to go for a more casual, dressed down look yesterday. The Destiny's Child singer was spotted climbing into a friend's SUV in Beverly Hills wearing a NIKE sweat suit and purple NIKE sneakers. Luckily she wore a headband to conceal her edges or the blogs would have been unmerciful.
Photos: Splash News and INFphoto.com
Jay Z put his businessman face on to attend the Grand reopening of his 40/40 sports bar in NYC last night. Celebs such as billionaire Warren Buffet (pictured with Jigga), Ashanti, rapper Wale, producer Rico Love and others attended. The bar was closed last year for renovations because business was so slow. Jay Z hopes the bar's new facelift will inject life into the place.
The dapper Jay Z turned heads when he pulled up to the club with a mystery LSLH woman. Beyonce's surrogate, perhaps?
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They say if you want to get black people to join together in protesting a cause, just put it on the side of a bandwagon and we will all jump on board.
Yesterday, a few of your favorite urban blogs "went dark" in protest of 2 anti-piracy bills that has the Internet in an uproar. Urban bloggers, who certainly meant well, blacked out their blogs yesterday while the TMZ's and the YouTube's -- websites that these bills would most likely affect -- stayed in business as usual.
We never take the 10 minutes to research anything. We just jump on the first bandwagon that comes along because everyone else is on it -- or because Russell Simmons tolds us to.
HELLO! The government already has the power to shut websites down. They're doing it every day.
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That Monica Brown is NOT recording a song with stripper-turned-singer Amber Rose. Mo's producer Rico Love, who produced half of Monica's much-anticipated album, New Life, is outraged that a certain blog "misrepresented" his hard work based on a photo.
"Monica was in the studio last night when La La [Anthony] stopped by and they took pictures," Rico explained.
"[Amber] was just passing by and they took a picture together," he said of Mo and Amber, who released her first single, "Fame" last week.
"They are not recording no song together!" said Rico via phone from his seat at Madison Square Garden where Mo's husband, Shannon Brown, and the Phoenix Suns are taking on Carmelo Anthony and the NY Knicks.
"I'm losing my patience with this sh*t," said Rico as he tried to be heard above the roar of the crowd in the arena.
Rico continued: "The only duets that Mo has is with Brandy, which is due out Feb. 6," he said. "There are no duets with Monica and any other females, period!" He also revealed that the music video is slated to shoot next week.
"I know how sensitive these chicks can get, but we take our artistry very seriously," said the producer who has worked with Usher, Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and others.
"We're not trying to act nasty toward anybody. But that was totally wrong information to put out based on a picture that was taken in passing."
Monica's album, New Life, is scheduled for a March 26 release.
Yesterday the Internet was abuzz when Kanye West's former beard Amber Rose tweeted a pic of herself posing with legenday R&B singer Monica Brown in a studio. Monica is busy recording her much-anticipated album, New Life, set for a Feb. 21 release (which we hope will rocket her into the stratosphere). We really hope Amber was just passing through the studio and that Mo obliged her with a photo? We would hate to hear Amber shrieking on a Monica track.
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Remember when rumors about Jay Z and Beyonce paying $1.3 million to rent an entire floor at NY's Lenox Hill hospital turned out be a lie? Well, they didn't clear up that rumor like they did with the other rumors about the birth because they want you to believe that they spent that cash. Why? Because the money isn't rolling in like it used to.
Both Beyonce and Jay Z haven't had million selling hits in some time. And you know what happens to celebrities when their endless cash supply stops rolling in but they are still living beyond their means.
According to documents filed at the New York Department of Labor, 28 of the 56 workers at the fashion label were let go on January 6. That's the day before the couple's daughter, Blue Ivy, was born.
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