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April 16, 2014

The 'Love & Hip Hop Atlanta' (S)ex Tape, It Worked!

From HuffPostLive -- "Mimi Faust of 'Love and Hip Hop' is the latest reality star to release a tape. Are these (s)ex tapes the new guarantee to becoming a household name, and do we hold the women who make them to different standards, depending on their race?"

-A good question asked by HuffPostLive ...Before Monday, we as many others had no idea who Mimi Faust was or could care less about the show. But apparently we were in the minority in this world of rachetness. If you're tuned into social media (facebook, twitter, instagram) you couldn't avoid it. As we see it, it was not a (s)ex tape. It was a promotional video you had to work for to see. Brilliant marketing wouldn't you say! And for those of you with no talent, you now have a business model for yourself, and that is the sad part. Just wondering...do any of these people on this show make music, have a song on the radio, do anything that is productive other than get paid to act.

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April 15, 2014

Radio if Not Hurting; is No Help for Black Artists

Black artists such as Beyonce, Aloe Blacc and Pharrell have broken through to radio audiences and consumers of music despite no promotional push from radio. In the case of Pharrell we began posting stories and videos on this blog back in January on his hit song 'Happy' and the dances people were creating in their own cities around the world, when very few stations (most notably Black radio) even had the song on their radar. What took corporate radio management so long to get on-board with this song? Check out Pharrell's comments on Oprah Prime on the OWN network [below]. He tells Oprah the song had "zero airplay and then BOOM!" it became an international hit overnight.

April 9, 2014

Reverend Al Sharpton An FBI Informant with Code Name J. Anthony Brown

“This only validates that I always
stood and represented what I always said”

– Reverend Al Sharpton
Reverend Al Sharpton Gives Most Detailed Statement on Controversy to Tom Joyner on the Tom Joyner Morning Show

This morning exclusively on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, during his weekly commentary, Reverend Al Sharpton cleared the air about his work as an FBI informant.

“So what’s the problem? That I wanted to do something about it?” Sharpton says. According to him, these allegations are only coming to light because President Obama is speaking at his annual National Action Network convention.

April 6, 2014

Chuck Stone, Legendary Newspaper Columnist and Tuskegee Airman Dies

Charles Sumner “Chuck” Stone, Jr., a former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill journalism professor and co-founder of the National Association of Black Journalists, died on Sunday. He was 89.

Stone wrote for and led some of the country's most influential African-American newspapers, including the Washington Afro-American where he served as White House correspondent and editor, the Chicago Daily Defender where he was editor and the New York Age where he was a reporter and editor. In 1972 he became the Philadelphia Daily News' first black columnist. -From WRAL TV Raleigh, NC

April 4, 2014

Streetz 103.3 is the NEW Hip Hop Station in Charlotte

Taking its cue from Atlanta sister station, Streetz 103.3 has launched in Charlotte. The station is using "We Are Hip Hop" as its imaging.

The station is operated by Steve Hegwood, the former Radio One VP,  and his company Core Communicators. The “Streetz” brand is not only on in Atlanta but also in Little Rock. The new Streetz 103.3 is doing cross promotion currently with Streetz 94.5 its Atlanta area station’s Streetz Fest on April 26.

The new hip hop music outlet in North Carolina will compete with CBS Radio's Power 98 WPEG.

April 1, 2014

'Godfather of House Music' Frankie Knuckles Dies at 59

Legendary DJ and music producer Frankie Knuckles has passed away at age 59. Born in the Bronx in 1955, Knuckles first played disco in New York before moving to Chicago in the late 1970s.

It was there he started spinning at The Warehouse, the club credited with giving birth to the house music genre.

The official cause of death is currently unknown, but some reports suggest it was from complications related to Type II Diabetes.

Here's a sample of Frankie Knuckles mix on the former WBMX 103 FM (now WVAZ V103) in Chicago.

March 31, 2014

DeSean Jackson is a Gang Member, Here's the Proof

A Lesson in Media Manipulation by an NFL Team

This story has been updated [see below]
The Philadelphia Eagles cut their Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson last week because of his association with Los Angeles area gangs. Look above... He put up a gang sign in a NFL game! Which means he is a gang member. Right?  Less than an hour after a story titled 'DeSean Jackson's gang connections troubling to Eagles' appeared on the website NJ.com, the Philadelphia Eagles disassociated themselves with the best wide receiver on their team from a season ago. 

Here's more proof of his gang affiliation.

March 28, 2014

The Breakfast Club On Air in Atlanta, Premieres on REVOLT TV

Atlanta's Hip Hop station Streetz 94.5 brings in The Breakfast Club with DJ Envy, Angela Yee, and Charlamagne Tha God for mornings. The radio show syndicates from Clear Channel station Power 105.1 in New York City and will also broadcast on Sean Diddy Comb's cable music channel Revolt TV.

Streetz 94.5 released veteran Atlanta personality Rashan Ali along with co-host comedian/comedienne(?) Miss Sophia. The Breakfast Club will start on Monday, March 31 from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Streetz and 6-10 on Revolt.