Thursday, May 26, 2011
The attorney for the four men B.J. Bernstein, also confirmed that the lawsuits had been settled.
Bernstein's office made sure to add that neither she nor the plaintiffs would be available for an interview "on this matter, now or in the future.”
No word on what settlement was reached.
The troubled rapper will be placed under supervised watch on July 1st.
DMX is currently behind bars serving a yearlong sentence for violating the terms of his probation by using drugs. But the gruff rapper, born Earl Simmons, will be back on the streets by the end of the summer.
According to court records, Dark Man X will be released from prison under supervised watch on July 1st. His supervision will end on August 12th, while his maximum end date in prison ends on August 25th.
X headed back to prison on December 16th after pleading guilty to violating his probation. At the time, the judge speculated that he had “an undiagnosed mental condition” and possibly suffered from bi-polar disorder. He was admitted to the Flamenco Mental Health Unit at the facility.
This marks DMX’s 13th incarceration. He was arrested in Maricopa County, Arizona in November 2010 for violating probation stemming from an incident involving attempted aggravated assault by throwing a food tray at a jail guard, as well as theft by using a fake name to dodge a $7,500 hospital bill.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
The Louisiana State Police has filed charges against Baton Rouge rapper Lil Boosie related to trying to smuggle drugs into prison.
Troopers said Torrence Hatch, 28, and two others were allegedly in the process of trying to get codeine syrup into the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.
The other suspects were identified as Titus Franklin, 27, and Arthur Stewart, also 27. All three men are from Baton Rouge.
LSP detectives and the East Baton Rouge Violent Crimes Unit reported receiving information the trio was conspiring to smuggle the Schedule V Dangerous Controlled Substance (CDS) into Angola, where Hatch is incarcerated.
Investigators said Stewart and Franklin made arrangements through an undercover agent to have the codeine delivered to Hatch.
All three men have been charged with conspiracy to introduce contraband into a penal institution.
Hatch was also charged with inciting a felony.
Franklin faces an additional charge of distribution of a Schedule V CDS.
Lil Boosie is being held on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Terry Boyd.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
"I obviously haven't understood it properly because we're still here," added Fitzpatrick, 60, surrounded by a phalanx of reporters and skeptical onlookers.
The retired MTA worker from Staten Island bought $140,000 worth of advertising, proclaiming that the end was near. He and followers of California televangelist Harold Camping thought a global earthquake would strike the East Coast just before 6 p.m.
It didn't, but Fitzpatrick spent the day as if it was his last.
"This is it, May 21, the day of Rapture" he told the Daily News first thing in the morning.
For breakfast, he had coffee, toast and Ezekiel 4:9 brand Golden Flax cereal.
"The spiritual significance of these grains, I am not sure," said Fitzgerald.
He felt no need to do the dishes, but did take a moment to feed peanuts to two squirrels that hang out at his back door.
"Only people can be saved - there will be no animals in heaven," he said. "I sure hope I am one of those that God will be picking."
Asked how he would feel if the world didn't end at 6 p.m., a confident Fitzgerald said: "I wouldn't consider it because there's so much biblical evidence."
"It's locked in," he said. "Buildings will be collapsing; the graves of the unsaved dead will be ripped open. The dead will be all around."
Fitzgerald spent several hours at home responding to emails and making calls. Then it was time for his final lunch of chicken tenders and spinach served with lemon and a bit of bread and butter.
"I expect this to be my last meal," he said.
Next, Fitzpatrick drove to the nursing home that cares for his 94-year-old mother, who suffers from dementia. As parting gifts he brought grapes, a granola bar, juice, chocolates and a bottle of water.
"I read a passage - Luke 23," he said of his 30-minute visit. "It's an example of a thief on the cross and Jesus saving people up to the last minute."
Fitzpatrick planned to do the same. He kissed his mother goodbye and jumped on the 4:30 p.m. ferry to Manhattan, where he planned to warn people of the Rapture until the bitter end.
Few were surprised when the end didn't come.
"The Bible says no one knows the day or time of Christ's return," said Brian James, 24, a born-again Christian missionary with a group called Prayer Changes Things.
"A real religion should try to help people, not scare them," added Michael Rodriguez, 24, a student from the Bronx.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
While their songs continue to grow more and more popular, a number of artists in Atlanta are accused of owing thousands of dollars in unpaid fees for some of their biggest hits.
According to CBS Atlanta, recording engineer Tony Terrebonne has confirmed that producer Polow Da Don owes more than $20,000 in unpaid studio services and attorneys fees.
According to Terrebone this isn't his first issue with the Zone 4 head who previously owed him $50,000 causing him to move in with his parents and sell his car to make up for the loss.
He tells CBS,
“It's a lot of hard work, I'll be up for three days straight and I won't get paid for it. It's insane.”In addition to Da Don, Young Jeezy and Producer Jazze Pha are also reportedly guilty of not making payments.
In addition to Terrebone, Recording engineer and owner of Atlanta's 11st Street Studio Josh Butler told CBS he was still waiting on $20,000 from Young Jeezy while Zac Recording owner Jim Zumpano told CBS that he's still waiting on payment from Jazze Pha.
Since CBS published their story, Butler received $20,000 from Young Jeezy's YJ Entertainment and Zumpano received about $2,000 from TSG Financial Management who represents Jazze Pha.
M-Bone, who was fatally shot last night, was the victim of a drive-by shooting, and it appears to be a random act of violence … law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
M-Bone aka Montae Talbert from the rap group Cali Swag District was next to his car in front of an Inglewood, CA liquor store at 11:32 PM Sunday when shots rang out. Our sources say the shooter was driving down La Brea Avenue alone in his car when he fired.
Inglewood detectives are investigating, but right now it looks like M-Bone was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
We’re told M-Bone, who became famous with his group for the song, “Teach Me How to Dougie,” was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Will Smith's tricked-out trailer was sent packing Wednesday after complaints from residents in the neighborhood where his new film is being shot.
The location shoot for "Men in Black III" has clogged the narrow streets of Manhattan's Soho district for several days. But among the two dozen trucks and trailers deployed there, the most prominent was the luxury apartment-on-wheels occupied by Smith.
The double-decker digs were larger than many Manhattan residences and had locals up in arms about its size, noise and fumes.
"I love Will Smith, but this is about survival," said Anessa Rahman, co-owner of an antiques store located a few steps from the curbside spot where the actor's trailer had been parked.
Wednesday afternoon, the megatrailer was removed by Columbia Pictures.
"This trailer has been used many times in this city by different studios on various movies over the years, and while its use has never been an issue before, we regret any inconvenience it may have caused," Columbia Pictures spokesman Steve Elzer said.
Rahman said she was grateful to see the trailer pulled away.
But Shoja Azari wasn't so easily placated.
Azari, an independent filmmaker who lives and works in the thick of the "Men in Black" shooting site, called the movie unit "rowdy."
"They treat the whole neighborhood like it's a studio, like it's their backyard," he said. "It's crazy."
The film, the third installment in the sci-fi comedy series about agents who monitor alien activity, is scheduled to continue shooting in the area through Friday.
No word on where Smith will be cooling his heels now between scenes.
Charles Oakley, one of the NBA's all-time tough guys and now a Charlotte Bobcats assistant, has sued a Las Vegas resort over what he calls a May 2010 "gang-style beat down" by security guards who injured him.
Oakley was an invited guest at Aria's VIP pool area May 28 when he left the area, the complaint says, but security officers and staff prevented him from re-entering.
After a "verbal altercation" with officers, Oakley attempted to return to his room when he was "assaulted" by them in a secluded area of the resort, the lawsuit alleges.
The complaint contends the officers wrestled Oakley to the ground and punched and handcuffed him, and that he was taken to the hospital with injuries to his neck, back, head and wrist, "all or some of which may be permanent and disabling."
The complaint alleges negligence, assault, assault with excessive force, battery, false imprisonment and defamation. It seeks unspecified general, special and punitive damages.
An MGM Resorts International spokeswoman said the company doesn't comment on pending litigation.
The 47-year-old Oakley has been among VIPs who have participated in Michael Jordan's Celebrity Invitational golf fundraiser presented by Aria.
The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Oakley was a power forward for Chicago, New York, Toronto, Washington and Houston between 1985 and 2004. Now an assistant coach with Charlotte, he developed a reputation over the years as an enforcer, rebounding machine and Jordan's bodyguard.
Musical mama Alicia Keys looks beautiful on the cover of the new issue of Essence magazine. In the interview, the normally private singer opens up about family life, dishing on the joys of marriage and motherhood – and putting to rest those rumors of an affair.
On her husband Swizz Beatz (born Kasseem Dean) and their 6 1/2-month-old son Egypt:
“I was very closed for a long time. But I feel so open now. To feel open like this means you’ve found the center in yourself. You’re not hiding; you’re not worried about anything. Everything’s going to be just fine.”
On her step-children (Swizz has three kids from previous relationships):
“‘Kasseem is very present in his children’s lives. I wouldn’t be able to love him otherwise. We are doing what is best for the children.”
On Swizz’s ex-wife Mashonda’s allegations that Alicia broke up their marriage:
“We didn’t start seeing each other until months after they had separated. I was aware of all the false things that were being said about me, it definitely hurt. I was sure that if I engaged, it would become back-and-forth like some sick entertainment, which goes against everything I believe and would have made things worse.”
City police arrested a hip-hop artist Saturday who is wanted in Philadelphia, authorities said.
The Philadelphia Police warrant squad called the Hackensack Police Department on Saturday morning to tell officers there was an open warrant for Hackensack resident Barry Reese, also known as the rapper Cassidy, Hackensack police Lt. Timothy Lloyd said.
The warrant was for violating probation, but Reese is also a suspect in a murder and two attempted murders in Philadelphia, Lloyd said.
Philadelphia police knew from a prior investigation that the rapper lived in Hackensack, Lloyd said.
Philadelphia police told their Hackensack counterparts “to consider this person armed and dangerous,” and this was a “high-risk warrant,” Lloyd said.
Officers from the Hackensack Police Emergency Response Team and the police department’s juvenile bureau watched Reese’s home Saturday on Reilly Court, Lloyd said.
Reese left his house about 1:30 p.m. and was followed by police to a local convenience store, Lloyd said.
An undercover ERT officer went in the store and positively identified Reese, he said.
When Reese came out of the store, “the ERT units moved in and conducted a felony motor vehicle stop,” Lloyd said.
Reese “was very surprised,” Lloyd said. The officers who arrested the rapper “did an outstanding job,” he said. “Without the proper teamwork going on, this could have spiraled out of control quickly.”
No one was injured in the arrest, Lloyd said.
Reese, 28, will be brought to the Bergen County Jail Annex to await extradition to Philadelphia, Lloyd said.
Cassidy’s most well-known single is 2005’s “I’m a Hustla,” which reached No. 8 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop charts.
Friday, May 13, 2011
An Action Figure company, Hero Builder, is making a new action figure of President Barack Obama to honor him for making the order to kill Osama Bin Laden. The New York Daily News reports:
The Rambo-style Obama is armed with an M1-A4 rifle and is dressed in military fatigues and a black and red skull T-shirt emblazoned with “6,” referring to the SEAL Team 6, which carried out the U.S. raid.
“It’s topical and political,” said Emil Vicale, owner of the Connecticut-based action figure company, Hero Builders. “He was the man in charge when we got Osama.”
Log-in to Facebook with an iris scan: Eye-scanner for your PC set to go on the market in month
The device will allow users to log into their online banking, social networks and emails - all in the blink of an eye.
Once the accompanying software package is installed and configured, all the user then has to do to is wave the scanner in front of her eye to automatically log in to any password-protected application or website - whether that's Facebook, Twitter, PayPal or a bank account.
'Every time you log in, it reads your iris and creates a unique key, which is a series of numbers, and this key changes every time you log in, so no one can hack it,' Tracy Hoyos, Hoyos Group's assistant marketing director, told CNNMoney.
According to Miss Hoyos, the security offered by iris scans trumps fingerprints, the already widely available biometric alternative. Fingerprints have around 18 unique points to built a indentification profile, while human irises have 2,000. While governments and financial institutions have tried to implement iris scan security before, Miss Hoyos claims this is the first time the technology has been adapted for consumers.
Jermaine Dupri has been hit with a lawsuit off missed child support payments he was ordered fork over in March of 2010.
According to the Associated Press, Dupri was ordered to pay $,500 plus another $2,500 a month to a woman named Sarai Jones, after a court-ordered paternity test proved that the producer was the father of a seven-month old baby girl.
In addition to the lawsuit, it was also revealed that Jermaine Dupri owes the IRS $493,000 in back taxes on income that he earned in 2007.
Last week, Jermaine Dupri's Atlanta $2.5 million dollar mansion was almost auctioned off last week because he is behind on payments and property taxes.
Boston rapper Akrobatik is in a stable condition after having a heart attack.
Fellow Boston rapper Mr. Lif gave concerned family and friends an update on his condition after there were rumors that Akrobatik was in a coma."Please send positive energy to @akrobatikmc He is in stable condition after having open heart surgery due to a heart attack," Mr. Lif said on Twitter.
Akrobatik, nee Jared Bridgeman, has been a staple in the Boston area and has released a number of acclaimed albums via Fat Beats and Rawkus. His music has also been featured on HBO’s “The Wire” and popular video game “NBA Live.”
Akrobatik was bestowed his own New England Patriots jersey from owner Bob Kraft
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Just yesterday Soulja linked with Sway on MTV's "RapFix Live" and shared that he was also asked to audition to play Pac in an upcoming biopic.
"I got an email from William Morris Agency — that's my agency that I'm with — they reached out to me to play the part. I'm just still thinking about it right now," says Soulja.A digital uprising is pending as Soulja debates taking on the role. In the meantime, he anticipates the release of the "Juice" remake.
"Even with the whole 'Juice' movie, I'm playing a part that Tupac played, but I'm not actually playin' 'Pac. When it comes to this, I'm actually gonna be playin' 'Pac, so I'm really still just thinkin' about it.But I'm just honored that they would reach out to me and ask me anyway."
"I shot the movie. It's done. We did a good job. It's gonna be crazy," he shares. "I'm ready for the masses to see it. I got the 'Juice' music video coming out for the official soundtrack for all the people to hype 'em up, to get everybody crunk."
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Details are continuing to emerge regarding Osama bin Laden's top-secret Abbottabad compound, but the discovery of some high-strength marijuana plants just yards from the home has set the blogosphere aflame with speculation.
Said to be worth $1 million (though that estimate is now hotly debated), the home of the world's most feared terrorist has attracted crowds of Pakistanis and media to its now sealed-off gates. But a stroll around the 20-foot-tall, barbed wire-ringed walls led CNN's Nic Robertson to the cannibis crop, barely hidden alongside a garden of cabbages and potatoes.
But whether or not bin Laden and his family were growing the weed for recreational purposes remains a mystery. As the Daily Mail reports, it has long been speculated that the Al Qaeda leader suffered from kidney failure, which would allow him to get a prescription for medical marijuana in many U.S. states.