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Father’s Day Rally Raises Prostate Cancer Awareness

PHEN KICKS-OFF FATHER’S DAY RALLY TO RAISE PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS

— Black Churches set to take part in this year’s event “Joining Hands in Prayer to Save Lives” —


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Boston, MA (BlackNews.com) — The Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) has announced that it will lead a nationwide “Father’s Day Rally Against Prostate Cancer,” in partnership with churches across the country, on Sunday, June 20th, 2010. The Rally, whose theme is “Joining Hands in Prayer to Save Lives,” is aimed at increasing knowledge and awareness about the African American prostate cancer crisis. This event will take place within each church during their regular services. Congregations will recognize prostate cancer survivors, their families, as well as the loved ones of those men who have died from the disease. The churches will offer a special prayer of love and healing to all whose lives have been impacted by prostate cancer. PHEN, and local organizations, will additionally provide each church with materials for distribution that all men and women can use to help increase family education about prostate cancer. Continue reading

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Dao Music Group Releases Da-Chase’s First Single

Independent record label, Dao Music Group announces the first release “Falling Forward” by its artist, Da-Chase, on September 1, 2009.  A love song with a heavy bass line and strong instrumentals tells the story of a young man who when meeting a girl new in the neighborhood begins to pursue her and try to capture her heart.  “Falling Forward” paints a picture of the attraction, the chase and the realization of falling in love.

Twenty one year old Da-Chase, the first of Dao Music Group’s roster to release a single this quarter, marries rock music with hip hop to form a unique and original sound, Alternative Hip Hop.  With a heavy bass line, head banging instrumentals and an easy melodic flow, Falling Forward will speak to all music lovers of all genres.  “I just love music, I love making music, performing my music and writing music.  It comes naturally to me and I think Falling Forward as the first single will let everyone know that you don’t have to be one kind of artist or let your race define your music.  You can be yourself and do what you love”, says Da-Chase. 

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Who Is The Smartest Rapper?

At one time i would have named Will Smith, er, Fresh Prince, Queen Latifah, Jay Z or even Ice Cube. But after recent events, I’m going with 50 Cent. Despite the arrogance he displays at times, you can’t deny that this man can and has capitalized off every situation (That we know of) that he is involved in! Whenever he is scheduled to release an album, he gets on his marketing and publicity grind. This man doesn’t even really need a publicist, he does a splendid job all on his own!
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Let me show you why I’ve come to the conclusion that Curtis Jackson is The Smartest Rapper. After being on Columbia Records and getting nowhere, he gets shot multiple times and lives, thus setting up a career that shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. 50 uses that to cement his ‘legend’ status immediately. His first ‘official’ debut, ‘How to Rob’, sets off some hurt feelings as he basically tells us how he would rob industry cats and even Jay-Z takes notice by saying this one line in one of his songs, ‘I’m about a dollar, what the fuck is 50 Cent?’ To me, this was one of the funniest rap songs recorded. If you’ve never heard the song, I suggest you find it. My only disappointment with that song is that he promised a sequel and yet, still no ‘How To Rob 2’. I would LOVE to hear what 50 would say today!

Now 50 took a road that, although others before him tried, no one would have imagined having the impact that it did, which was the mixtape route. He built up his buzz to a point where he was recognized for his hustle and eventually signed by his ‘favorite white boy’, Eminem, thus also earning the backing and support of the elite Dr. Dre and the mighty Interscope Records.
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50’s first ‘real’ beef was with Ja Rule, who was riding a great wave of success at the time 50 started taking potshots at him and basically blaming Ja and Irv Gotti for him getting shot. 50, to this day, takes credit for Ja’s ‘downfall’ because whenever he did go at Ja, he ended up taking whatever shine Ja had and stealing it from him. Ja Rule has not been the same since!

He uses the publicity machine of starting beef to gain the attention that no label or publicist can generate and get the buzz that it gets in preparation for his album dropping. Examples: Starting beef with Fat Joe and Nas, simply because they recorded a song with his arch-nemesis, Ja Rule. His beef with former G-Unit soldiers, The Game and recently, Young Buck, both, who coincidentally, didn’t grow up or come up with 50 Cent as current soldiers, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo. Taking steps to embarrass and humiliate former members of his crew is something he has perfected. The Cam’Ron beef that even had 50 causing whatever beef Cam was having with Dipset members, to escalate because of 50 cosigning Jim Jones. Of course, his current beef with Rick Ross and you see how far he is taking it and unless Rick Ross literally kills him, Rick is already at a loss!

And who can forget the most important and so far, the best marketing strategy 50 has utilized, the ‘showdown’ with Kanye West when both released their CDs on the same day and 50 threatening to retire if he is outsold by Kanye. In my opinion, he did both of them a favor by issuing the challenge and making people gain interest and choosing sides to generate even more sales than either one would have gotten if this ‘plan’ wasn’t carried out.

And let’s not forget the Vitamin Water investment and endorsement. Not saying he had any clue that Coca Cola was gonna buy the beverage company, but because of the financial stake he placed in the product, although the actual amount was never substantiated, he still walked off with many millions.
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And who would have thought that ThisIs50.com would be as popular and relevant as it is today? The film company he has started, his own autobiographical movie and the fact that he has even beat his baby’s mother’s multi-million dollar lawsuit just proves that this man is either VERY lucky or a smart rapper, businessman, person.

Hate him or love him, this man IS a very smart one!

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Are Akon and T-Pain smoking dope?

OK, I am hearing T-Pain bitch about everyone using the Auto-Tune (Used mostly by people who have no real vocal skills) and not crediting him with starting a trend his ugly ass ain’t even start! And now, Akon is saying because of him and T-Pain, rappers are starting to sing in their songs now. Why is it that these young ignant artists nowadays don’t know their history? Don’t they realize that groups like the Force MC’s (Later changing their name to Force MD’s BECAUSE of their ability to sing!), the Crash Crew, the Treacherous Three were singing melodies before they were even born?!?!??! This is a shame that these artists take credit for shit they use to mask their inability to carry a tune! If you a rapper, RAP, if you’re a singer, SING!

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An Open Letter to Fellow Urban Website Editors, Bloggers, Magazine and Newspaper Writers

I know it’s hard to get by a day without using the N word that we have so richly accepted and embraced in this Hip-Hop/Black culture. I know it’s easy to continue to use the word without abandon simply because it’s a part of our vernacular. I can even agree that I’ve been caught up in the constant use of the word, but, can we make a collaborative effort to stop using that term in the presence of ‘company’?

I try my best not to use the word in my articles, rants and columns, unless done so for emphasis, not to say that it’s right, but just to drive home a point sometimes. What I hate seeing, is when I read a magazine, such as XXL, and the first column I read, within the first two paragraphs, I am already exposed to the N word and then I think to myself, ‘Damn, we are not in the hood speaking amongst ourselves anymore’. Hip-Hop has such a diversified audience nowadays that every word that is literally spoken or written in Hip-Hop is exposed to the masses and we have to stop and wonder why ‘others’ feel as if they can comfortably repeat a statement, phrase or a verse they hear on a rap record or read in an article.

Now, I hate to call out Datwon Thomas, because he is one of the few guys that I honestly like from a standpoint of being a good guy (Except the fact that I haven’t written not one article for XXL, KING or any other Harris property!) or any other Website Owner or Editor that has control over these matters, but we NEED to be careful with what we are putting out there for the masses. None of us would want to hear a white or Asian person using that word so freely, but how can we get mad when we are putting it out there for them to use. And not only use but use in front of us?

 I’ve been advocating for years for artists to curb the use of the ignorance of the word but of course, money talks and most rappers continue to use the N word in song. Nowadays, we hear it blatantly on the radio and if the radio stations don’t even bleep it out anymore, then what does that tell us?

It’s bad enough that most popular publications and websites report the negativity that goes on in Hip-Hop without offering the positive aspects of this community. We, as property owners or delegators of content, should be held to a higher standard ESPECIALLY the more popular publications and I would like to see the use of the N word brought to a minimum when you KNOW your audience is mostly the general public.

Collectively, we have to take responsibility for what the general audience is seeing and PARTICULARLY, our children are witnessing the lack of respect not only against us, but amongst us.

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How Come Rappers Don’t Have Dramatic Comebacks?

With the recent resurgence (Once Again!) of Britney Spears, I noticed that with all the shenanigans and scandals and hysteria surrounding Britney, she has managed to again make a successful comeback or at least capture the attention of Mainstream America. It got me to thinking that this is like, her third comeback and is it really fair that rappers don’t have the same opportunities?

Let’s think about it. Not taking anything away from Britney Spears but when was the last time a rapper was allowed to get away with a third of the shit Britney has gotten away with and then get accepted back like she was always sane? She has been through 2 marriages, 2 divorces, 2 pregnancies, that alone would eliminate any and all rappers from getting the chance to get back in the spotlight, unless, of course, it was an arrest or drug-related incident. Can you really imagine Mainstream America allowing a Foxy Brown or a Lil Kim getting away with that?

And she has shown a little craziness with the shaving of the hair, going completely bald, smashing cars with umbrellas and hitting paparazzi with vehicles, yet, she has never spent a day in jail. She was sent to the loony bin, have had control of her finances taken from her, kids taken away and yet, she will no doubt have a number one album again! She is allowed to get away with all this shit, yet we vilify DMX when he goes on one of his many rants and speed chases. Why can’t the Hip-Hop community welcome a DMX with open arms the way Mainstream America is willing to accept crazy ass Britney back?

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Another Black Eye…..

So, once again, a rich black man has to show his ass and give the racists another reason to continue to stereotype us. After a colossal win by the President-Elect, Barack Obama, we still have to contend with the dumb exploits of New York Giant football player, Plaxico Burgess. This even after winning a Super Bowl earlier this year and being rewarded with a rich contract that many people would kill for, yet, even though he is injured, he still feels he has to ‘thug it out’ at a New York City nightclub this past week!

You would think that after all the bullshit fellow NFL player ‘Pacman’ Jones has gone through in the previous year and the Michael Vick situation, people would be more cautious about the ignorance that still possesses their lives. What needs to start happening is that when these idiots decide to act out in public, they should be reprimanded as harshly as you or I would if we committed the same acts, but without the high priced attorneys stepping in to save their dumb asses!

I still don’t understand why rappers, actors, entertainers and sport players feel that they have to prove their ignorance while in the streets. They create their own imaginary image and feel that they have to live up to ‘being real’ for the sake of the ignorant people that they either admire or want to be cool with, yet, avoid making money because they can’t get endorsements and wonder why people only see them as talented people and nothing else. We all know they crave respect, admiration and acceptance but why is it that it has to be done on an ignorant level? Yet, I can’t get in the ‘cool club’ because I don’t have the status of these ignorant people, yet they are the ones keeping up the stereotype, ESPECIALLY in the New York City area. Thanks Plaxico Burgess for giving these club owners more reason to prevent me and my other law-abiding friends the opportunity to hang out and have a good time based on your ignorance and their perception of ALL Black people. They look at us and say, the niggas get rich and still act like niggas. Thanks to all the dumb ass rappers and entertainers that feel that they have to be ignorant to get respect in the same streets that will test them more than any other group out there. Thanks for re-enforcing my thoughts on going to these ‘high profile’ events and staying home and being safe and not having to worry about being shot or left out in the cold because I am not one of the ‘cool kids’.

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