*After six years of delay after delay, the R. Kelly child pornography trial is finally set to begin today in Chicago. The 41-year-old singer is accused of having sex with a 13 or 14-year-old girl.
Contributing to the delays were more than 30 pretrial motions, the multiple fractures suffered by Judge Vincent Gaughan in a fall from a ladder at home and Kelly’s emergency surgery for a ruptured appendix.
The Fader pays tribute to the late Aaliyah in its annual Icon issue. The issue features contributions from both professional and personal friends.
“It only took Aaliyah a few albums to make an indelible mark on the world of pop music, but today her influence can be felt across numerous genres,” said Chris Richards, Executive Editor of The Fader. “This issue not only tracks that influence, but also offers a more personal glimpse into the… Continue
MTV News announced today the “Hottest MCs In The Game” show is set to return May 16. The panel-discussion debate premiered last year and crowned Lil’ Wayne the top act in hip-hop, with T.I., Game, Andre 3000, and Kanye West rounding out the top five.
The show riled some artists, with 50 Cent saying “Fuck MTV” for his number eight ranking. Lupe Fiasco was equally perturbed at missing the list. Jim Jones, however, was pleasantly… Continue
According to the US Department of Labor, the unemployment rate for black teens is six times the national average, and almost 300,000 African American kids are actively seeking low-skill jobs for the upcoming summer and beyond. But many black teens looking for work in California have been caught off guard by a harsh new reality: if you don’t speak Spanish, oftentimes you aren’t finding… Continue
Rapper Yung Joc has landed the first major label situation for his new imprint, Swagg Team Entertainment.
The Atlanta-based artist, born Jasiel Robinson, has inked a deal with Jive Records to release the debut album by Chicago trio Hotstylz, who created an online sensation with a satirical track that has since been renamed “Lookin’ Boy.”
“I wanted to put together a team of artists and opportunists to change the pace of music as we… Continue
American Express released it’s newest installment to the “Are you a Cardmember?” campaign, featuring talk show host and lesbian rights advocate, Ellen DeGeneres and Mrs. Beyonce Knowles Carter, on Monday. In the spot, Ellen is looking for her “people” as Beyoncé encourages Ellen to “have your people call my people” to get tickets to her upcoming concert.
The campaign is in effort to help promote Amex’s guide and portal to a wide variety… Continue
The queen of R&B, Mary J. Blige has teamed up with good friend, Steve Stoute, COO of Translation Brand Consultation and Brand Imaging to announce the formation of a new charity called F.F.A.W.N. (the Foundation For the Advancement of Women Now, Inc.) Billboard.biz is reporting that the organization which is said to be aimed at “inspiring women” will be officially announced this Friday.
CHICAGO, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Tastemakers from across the country
and Luster Products, Inc. employees celebrated last evening at the
company's much anticipated launch of one of its latest product line, the
Pink(R) Brand Smooth Touch(R) line of hair care products. The evening was
highlighted by an impromptu performance by Luster's(R) new celebrity
endorser, Keyshia Cole, who personally unveiled Luster's(R) Pink(R)… Continue
Tristan Wilds, 19, who played fan favorite, “Michael Lee” in the final two seasons of the best TV drama of all time, “The Wire,” has packed his bags and traded his .45 and the Baltimore drug hustle in for the star studded streets of Southern California as the newest cast member of the CW’s Beverly Hills, 90210 2.0.
Wilds has been cast to play “Dixon“, the adopted son of the Mills family, which has moved to Beverly Hills because of his… Continue
*A photographer for the Tampa Bay Times says he was assaulted by security guards attempting to protect pop star Chris Brown outside of a St. Petersburg, Fla. club.
According to the newspaper, Luis Santana, 25, tried to snap photos of Brown outside of a private party at Vintage Ultra Lounge, where he and his rumored girlfriend Rihanna were celebrating his 19th birthday.
Santana said he talked to security for the club and was… Continue
May 05/08:Video from a local TV news helicopter is under review by the Internal Affairs unit of the Philadelphia Police Department, to see if excessive force was used on three suspects allegedly involved in a shooting Monday night in the Hunting Park section of the city.
The incident started on Monday night when members of a police narcotics team were following up a homicide… Continue
Having fulfilled his contractual obligations at Rap-A-Lot, Trae is now a free agent. If you’re keeping tab, that’s 2 big exits (Devin made his move in February) at RAL in the last 3 months alone. What’s really going on over there?
Anyhow, Trae plans to stay busy with an extensive nationwide trek. Peep the tour schedule below:
Trae Tour Dates & Venues
May 16th - Victoria, TX
May 17th - Bryan, TX - Tonix… Continue
In a stunning video that hit the Net over the weekend, the world watched a bold concert-goer in Luanda, Angola leap onstage during a 50 Cent concert and swipe the rap star's chain from his neck. With the apparantly beefy security presence during the show it's hard to believe that robber actually made off with the expensive piece of jewelry.
The man did, in fact, get away with the heist, but not for long. Local police have reportedly arrested… Continue
ATLANTA (CNN) -- After a two-week climb in gasoline prices, there appeared to be some short-term moderation Monday - but another run at the record high set last week seems likely, two surveys indicated.
The average price of gasoline jumped 15 cents over the past two weeks to a national average of $3.62 per gallon of self-serve regular, according to the biweekly Lundberg Survey released Sunday. The rise continued at virtually the same… Continue