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Paper Dolls

Paper Dolls announce the re-launch of the highly anticipated Internet reality radio show.

Necessity is the mother of “re-invention” and the Paper Dolls are reinventing themselves. After a change in program distributors the
Paper Dolls were faced with the unique challenge of finding another online distribution channel.  In an effort to broaden their listening audience they struck stiletto heaven when they discovered Blog Talk Radio.

“Blog Talk Radio has enabled us to reach a larger audience and also provide us with the technical support that the program was lacking.  Admittedly technologically challenged, creator and co-host Dannyell Mitchell was, “thrilled that we found a distribution channel that provided a means for our listeners to revisit their favorite shows, link shows to itunes, and provide LIVE call-ins.”

The Paper Dolls radio show is insightful, funny and showcases educated women in a positive and respectful light.  “It lets listeners know
that while we are serious about our careers and home lives, we also love to have fun”, said T. Strong who’s company also serves as the Marketing firm for Paper Dolls Media. Each of the four hosts of Paper Dolls are successful women in their own right and hope that the show will continue to provide support, advice and above all, entertainment while touching the lives of each of their listeners in a optimistic,
positive manner.

Paper Dolls returns for their 3rd Season of exciting new shows on Wednesday, June 3rd at 10pm on Blog Talk Radio.

*About the show:*
Predicated on their fifteen-year friendship, Paper Dolls is centered around the lives and viewpoints of creator Dannyell Mitchell and her partners in crime T. Strong, Shannon G., and Atheia Burke with discussions on men, money, sex, power and everything in between – all from a female perspective.

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Target to Release Special Deluxe Version of The Black Eyed Peas’ New Album, The E.N.D Featuring Exclusive Songs, Remixed Hits and Exclusive Enhanced Video Content

Reaffirming its commitment to providing guests exclusive content at a great value, Target is partnering with three time GRAMMY® award winning group The Black Eyed Peas on their new collection The E.N.D, which stands for “The Energy Never Dies.” A deluxe version of the album, available only at Target and, includes four exclusive songs, six exclusive remixed hits and exclusive video content. The special collection will be available at all Target stores nationwide and beginning June 9.

“Working with Target to provide this deluxe version of our new album has allowed us to do something special for our fans after years of support,” said of The Black Eyed Peas. “We were really excited to get back into the studio to record the new songs, plus remix some of our favorite tunes for Target, and hope everyone enjoys this exclusive version. Remember The Energy Never Dies and this is only the beginning.”

From Prince and Christina Aguilera to Carrie Underwood and John Legend, Target is dedicated to collaborating with unique and innovative artists in an effort to bring exclusive and diverse collections to its guests. Since their breakthrough album Elephunk in 2003, The Black Eyed Peas have become international superstars with worldwide sales of over 26 million units. The group earned GRAMMY® awards for hits singles “Let’s Get it Started,” “Don’t Phunk with My Heart” and “My Humps.” This will be the group’s first studio album since 2005 and they plan to tour this summer.

“We are excited to add The Black Eyed Peas to a tremendous line up of music’s biggest and brightest stars who have partnered exclusively with Target,” said Mark Schindele, senior vice president, merchandising, Target. “Offering the deluxe version of The E.N.D. provides our guests with special content that can only be found at Target.”

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VP RECORDS Releases REGGAE GOLD 2009 June 30th

World Renowned Reggae Label VP RECORDS Releases REGGAE GOLD
In Stores June 30th

Album to Feature Some of the Summer’s Hottest Tracks by Sean Paul, Mavado, Estelle, Elephant Man, T.O.K., Beres Hammond and Jazmine Sullivan

New York, NY May 27, 2009 – VP Records is set to release the long-awaited and latest installment of Reggae Gold on June 30th, 2008. The compilation is Reggae’s most highly-anticipated release of the year and will be part of the definitive collection from the genre this summer.

Reggae Gold 2009 compilation features a varied assortment of top reggae artists and hits including Estelle featuring Sean Paul on the international smash “Come Over”, as well as tracks by Beres Hammond, Tarrus Riley, Queen Ifrica, T.O.K. and Serani’s massive radio hit, “Playing Games”.  The JTB (Jamaican Tourist Board) and VP Records have partnered to re-create the iconic “Welcome to Jamaica” image for the album cover. In cooperation with JTI (Jamaica Trade and Invest), JTB and Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery, VP Records will launch an extensive marketing campaign around the release of Reggae Gold 2009 that extends until the end of the year. All details of the campaign’s phases will be announced on and

For the past 16 years, VP Records has been at the forefront of reggae music with their Reggae Gold series. Since it’s inception this collection has featured the biggest songs of the year in reggae/dancehall but has also included music from international artists and crossover recording acts. Reggae Gold has featured superstars such as Beenie Man, Buju Banton, and Lady Saw. Reggae Gold is renowned for featuring dancehall and reggae hits, as well as tracks from up and comers which on this offering includes Laden, Jah Vinci and Prodigal Son.

Tracklisting for Reggae Gold 2009:
“Come Over” – Estelle featuring Sean Paul
“Need U Bad” – Jazmine Sullivan
“Love Is Wicked” – Brick & Lace
“Playing Games” – Serani
“So Special” – Mavado
“Nuh Linga” – Elephant Man
“Watch Your Friends” – Jah Vinci
“Protected” – Chino featuring Stephen ‘Di Genius’ McGregor
“See You Again” – Beres Hammond
“Blessings” – Etana & Alborosie
“Start A New” – Tarrus Riley
“Far Away” – Queen Ifrica
“Head Cyaan Hot So” – Prodigal Son
“Praise and Worship” – Busy Signal
“Money Over War” – Laden
“Dance and Sweep” – Elephant Man
“Couple Up” – T.O.K.
“Leave If You Want To Leave” – I Wayne

“So Blessed” – Mavado
“Stay Close” – Wayne Wonder

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Dead Prez explains why Asher Roth is Swine Flu & Al Sharpton’s a Snitch

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Michael Eric Dyson vs President Obama

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Over 175,000 music fans across the world have voted for HipHop pioneer musician and legendary DJ, Grandmasterflash to receive the coveted prestigious UMA Living Legend Award at the Urban Music Awards USA 2009 which would take place in New York City at the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan on the 17th of July 2009.

C.E.O of Invincible Group & Founder of the Urban Music Awards Jordan Kensington commented “Flash is an absolute legend and he remains an inspiration to the hip hop culture all together by flying the flag from its inception to the success it has become today. The Urban Music Awards fans across countries even as far as Japan, Africa, United Kingdom, Dubai, Caribbean, and throughout America have voted Flash to receive this people’s choice award which goes to show how much of an impact Grandmasterflash has made worldwide”

Nominees were announced last week with an international press conference which took place simultaneously in over 7 countries.  Amy Winehouse, Rihanna, Bobby Valentino, M.I.A, Day 26, The Dream, Estelle, Kat de Luna, Akon, Kanye West,  Keri Hilson, Ghetts, Kid Cudi,  Tinchy Stryder, Neyo, Eminem, spear head nominations

The  UMA’s will be held on the  17th  of  July 2009  in New York City and will be attended by more than Artists, DJs, producers, promoters, record labels executives, celebrities from the world of music, radio,  TV, sports and music fans from across the country. True to tradition, the public will rule and stars will rejoice with them.

Akon  & Bobby Valentino  grab triple nominations this year whilst  Neyo , J. Holiday, The Dream, Keri Hilson, Musiq Soulchild, Jazmine Sullivan and previous UMA winner Estelle  bag double nominations.

On receiving the UMA Living Legend award 2009, Grandmasterflash said “I am honored to receive this award and I can’t wait to attend the awards show in July. The Urban Music Awards is different from all other awards shows because it represents the whole world. Our music is mainstream and we have to connect with our fans from all around the world to build an even bigger community so thank you to all my fans worldwide and the UMA for this opportunity”.

Grandmasterflash who was originally born in Barbados also joins fellow Barbados superstar, Rihanna who leads the pack with a phenomenal comeback. The singer is up for four awards – Artist of the Year, Best R&B Act, Best Female Act and Best Music Video for single ‘Rehab’.

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Naledge, 1/2 of the hip-hop group Kidz In The Hall, is readying his mix CD masterpiece, “Chicago Picasso.” Crafted on the streets of the CHI, and encompassing his storied journey over the past couple of years as Naledge helped establish the brand of Kidz In The Hall, he unveils a unique perspective to his hometown.  “I wanted to show all aspects of Chicago, not just one sound. For a long time we’ve seen a specific side of Chicago Rap, but this mix cd provides new perspective.”

“Chicago Picasso” contains 20 original tracks by Naledge featuring appearances by Bun B, Chip Tha Ripper, Jay Electronica, Mickey Factz, Mick Luter, Rhymefest, Carlita Durand, Curren$y, J Ivy, Russoul, Doe Boy, GLC & Fooch.

Naledge explains “the point of the mixtape was to open the vault and let the fans in on the wealth of solo material that I have recorded. I look at this mixtape more as a collection of art that I have made over time. Each song is its own original statement and with the help of Timbuck2 and RTC we have made the thoughts behind each of the songs more cohesive.”

Naledge goes on to describe collaborations on the Mix CD that truly hit home; “I have worked with some of the most creative people in my city, many of which I have known since childhood and that made this project all that more personal.  That includes visual artists, poets, singers and emcees.  People included in this proect who aren’t from Chicago were either from my time living in St. Louis, or they were people I met recording Kidz In The Hall’s “In Crowd” in New York City.”

Production on the album includes music by: Double-O, Tha Bizness, Picnic Tyme, Sa Ra Creative Partners, FDNY, Xcel, Analogic, Black Spade, SC, MStacks,  Nez & Rio.

Chicago Picasso, with its blended transitions from song to song, flows effortlessly. Naledge proclaims “I wouldn’t call this a mixtape so much as an exhibit…hence the name Chicago Picasso. The same way Pablo Picasso created a commissioned statue that has sat downtown in Chicago for years of interpretation; I want this mixtape to float the same way.”

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Tracklisting and Credits for Naledge’s “Chicago Picasso”:

1) “Intro/Some Shit That I Wrote” with DJ Timbuck2
2) “In My Own World” f/ Fooch & Mick Luter (produced by Picnic Tyme)
3) “Standing On Sofas” f/ Chip Tha Ripper (produced by FDNY)
4) “Focus” f/ Rhymefest (produced by Xcel)
5) “Southside Sh*t” f/ Fooch & GLC (produced by Analogic)
6) “Cleveland Freestyle” (produced by Double-O)
7) “Lovin’ My Life” (produced by Black Spade)
8) “Cool Relax” f/ Jay Electronica (produced by Double-O)
9) “Viva El Fantastico” f/ Mickey Factz (produced by Nez & Rio)
10) “Round and Round” (produced by Picnictyme)
11) “It Is What It Is” Part 1 (produced by Ammo)
12) “The Beat Goes On” f/ Carlita Durand (produced by Black Spade)
13) “Blessed By God” f/ A. Pinks (Produced by Analogic)
14) “I Don’t Even Know You” Freestyle (produced by SC)
15) “Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous” (produced by Nez and Rio)
16) “Star Struck” f/ Rus Soul (produced by Sa-Ra Creative Partners)
17) “Crazy” (produced by Tha Bizness)
18) “Brother’s Keeper” f/ Vic Spencer
19) “Futuristic Sh*t” f/ Vandylism (produced by Nez & Rio)
20) “Look At Them Hips” (remix) f/ Doe Boy, Bun B, & Curren$y (produced by MStacks)

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The Friday Hip Hop Report (May 22)

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Model / Entertainment Personality Christina Mendez to Debut Monthly Entertainment Section in Gemini Magazine

Model, Actress, Philanthropist Christina Mendez is proud to announce her latest venture as entertainment columnist to her ever growing brand.  “I have a long-standing relationship with Gemini Magazine and was so honored that Gemini Magazine asked me to contribute monthly to their magazine, which I promise will be entertaining to all readers”, says Christina Mendez.
Starting in June 2009, readers will be entertained and informed with the witty but no holds barred commentary of Christina Mendez which will include (but not limited to):
* “Ask Christina” (where readers can ask the advice from Christina)
* Red Carpet Coverage
* Looks for less
* Travel Ideas
* Beauty Budget Tips
* Entertainment Picks which will include (movies, tv, music, books)
“Christina is definitely a woman on the go from modeling, attending red carpet events, traveling, raising money for charity; it was definitely a no brainer to incorporate Christina with Gemini Magazine, Sommer Johnson, founder and editor-in-chief-of Gemini Magazine.
To submit questions for “Ask Christina”, product/book review consideration, or red carpet coverage please email:
About Gemini Magazine
Frustrated with the portrayal of the full figured woman in the media, Sommer Johnson decided to take matters into her own hands.  In January 2009 Gemini Magazine launched online, giving full figured women across the globe a publication they could call their own. Gemini Magazine is the electronic and print publication dedicated to the curvy woman.  The revolution has begun one cover, one article, one beautiful plus size woman at a time.”
About Christina Mendez
Christina Mendez has graced the pages of Glamour, All You, Latina Magazine and Urban runway for BET’s Rip the Runway, Art of Curves, and Lane Bryant’s In-Store Fashion Show in NYC. She has also become one of the first real-size, Hispanic Urban models to work as a featured model for brands such as  Baby Phat, Apple Bottoms, Rocawear, Dereon and more. Besides appearing in various magazines and runway shows, Christina has been featured in national television segments  including The Rachel Ray Show, Fox News, The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, BET News, Lifetime’s “Matched in Manhattan” with Matt Titus, New York local favorites Good Day New York , CW 11 and others.

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