Lil Wayne ‘jumped on it,’ Raymond v. Raymond writer tells Mixtape Daily. By Alvin Blanco, with reporting by Rob Markman Rico Love Photo: TTLL Behind the Beats: Rico Love If more people read the credits behind some of R&B’s biggest hits, Rico Love should be a household name. Born Richard Preston Butler Jr., the former Florida A&M University student is now one of the music industry’s most-sought-after singer/songwriters. After writing hits for Usher (“There Goes My Baby”), Beyonc
Video link These senior citizens may not have the number of participants the Grand Rapids lip dub had, but they certainly give the city a run for its money in pure awesomeness. Created by Grand Valley University students, the video shows residents of the Clark Retirement Community in Michigan working out, chilling in the hot tub, Broadcasting platform : YouTube Source : Neatorama Discovery Date : 13/07/2011 21:00 Number of articles : 2
John Legend has been called many things over his career: talented, hard-working, successful. But this is a new one: A New Jersey songwriter named Anthony Stokes claims the musician is a hack. John Legend – Maxine’s Interlude According to court documents filed this week, Stokes says he gave Legend a demo tape in 2004 at the University of North Carolina. He never heard back from the famous singer… but then heard Legend’s “Maxine’s Interlude” and and believes it was based on Stokes’ track, “Where Are You Now?” Stokes is demanding damages from Legend and attempting to block sales of “Maxine’s Interlude.” We’ve posted Legend’s single above and you can listen to Stokes croon his song HERE . Think Stokes has a case?
Olympic swimming god Michael Phelps has quietly dated a Canadian woman by the name of Ashley Finestone for more than two years, reports say. The 26-year-old has been exchanging calls, texts and visits with the Montreal native, who he spent time with just this past weekend, in fact. “Michael was in Montreal last weekend to compete in the Canada Cup and I saw him walking hand-in-hand with Ashley,” a source told Radar . Finestone, a McGill University graduate, was good luck for Phelps, who brought home gold in the 200-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly. “Their relationship started a little over two years ago when they met staying at the same hotel in South Beach over New Years,” the insider said. Fortunately for Michael, and somewhat sadly for celebrity gossip sites: “Ashley has always been concerned with showing Michael that she would keep their relationship on the down-low and private first and foremost.” Michael has also been linked to Brittny Gastineau and Carrie Prejean of all people in recent years, along with that Caroline “Caz” Pal girl.
Businessman Herman Cain is becoming very popular amongst the people, but could he earn YOUR vote? Bolstered by support from his loyal radio talk-show audience and Tea Party backers, businessman Herman Cain has revved up mainstream conservatives, rising recently to third place in a poll of voters in Iowa, the leadoff caucus state. In his pursuit of the Republican presidential nomination, Cain’s views on the economy and his fiery delivery have resonated with some in the GOP. His campaign has also been marked by controversy, including his comment that he would not want a Muslim bent on killing Americans in his administration. Just this week, Cain accused comedian Jon Stewart of disliking him because he is an “American black conservative.” Already losing some of his cachet to Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann, Cain, the lone African-American GOP candidate, is trying to win over a party that hasn’t had a black nominee. Sidestepping race as an issue in his campaign may have helped him gain momentum in recent weeks, but whether he can turn vigor into votes will depend largely on voters’ ability to look past his skin color and perceive him as a serious candidate. Here is what some people who support Mr. Cain. “He’s fresh, he’s outspoken,” said Debbie Dooley, head of the Georgia Tea Party Patriots. “If they hear him speak, he usually wins them over. With him, what you see is what you get. People like that.” “He doesn’t believe in the whole business of race being a defining factor of anything in this country,” said William Boone, a political science professor at Clark Atlanta University, which is predominantly black. “He says, ‘If you work hard, you will make it. Look at me.’ “There’s a buzz on the street among activists. People like him; they want to know more about him. That’s sort of living the dream as far as a presidential candidate goes. He’s getting the kind of reaction every candidate imagines.” This all sounds like glowing praise, but the question still remains can he get people to believe in him how they believe in Barack Obama, and show up at the polls on voting day. How do you feel about a black republican candidate? Source
(YouTube link) Dozer, a three-year-old golden retriever-poodle mix, saw a bunch of people run by his home in Fulton, Maryland. He became so excited that he crossed his invisible fence and started running with them! Seven miles later, Dozer crossed the finish line of the Maryland Half Marathon, a fundraising event for the University of Maryland’s Broadcasting platform : YouTube Source : Neatorama Discovery Date : 26/06/2011 15:23 Number of articles : 2
Recent data from the University of Denver cites that some 70 percent of American couples will cohabit before marriage. What was once taboo or reserved for only “non-traditional” pairs has become quite commonplace. Are you planning that move with your sweetie? Make sure you take the time to consider the following before handing in the keys to your solo space! Click Here To Read The Rest At MadameNoire.com
Many (if not most) trial observers believe that accused murderer Casey Anthony is indeed guilty of killing her two-year-old daughter Caylee. Some of the physical evidence against her is less than overwhelming, however, according to a Casey Anthony defense witness testifying today. The air in Casey Anthony’s car trunk contained chemicals associated with human decomposition, but didn’t conclusively prove a body was there. Dr. Michael Sigman, a professor at the University of Central Florida, said Casey’s trunk showed traces of gasoline, chloroform and other chemicals. However, those readings were all low, and said chemicals also are linked to onions, cabbages and Clorox, among other things. So … it’s tough to say. As a result, Sigman told attorney Cheney Mason, “I cannot conclusively determine that there had been human remains in the trunk of the car.” This comes after prosecutors strongly suggested there were. Prosecutors in the murder trial in Orlando had called several experts who concluded that based on the air samples, a strand of hair, insect activity and the reaction of cadaver dogs that a body was in fact in the Florida mom’s car. Among several other witnesses who took the stand at the trial today was Madeline Montgomery, a forensic toxicologist for the FBI. She testified that she found no evidence of drugs – including calming medications Xanax and Valium – in hair presumed to be Caylee Anthony’s. But she also acknowledged she could not test the hair for chloroform, which was one of the ways prosecutors say Caylee was murdered . Casey Anthony, 25, faces the death penalty if convicted. What do you think? Is she …
The Good Life single looks back to the early days of hip-hop while staying firmly planted in the present. By Rob Markman Nas Photo: C. Flanigan/ Getty Images There’s no R&B chord, A-list feature or catchy chorus. On “Nasty,” the first single from Nas ‘ 10th solo album, The Good Life, the rapper takes things back to hip-hop basics: hard rhymes over an infectious loop. The song, which leaked online Monday night, is reminiscent of New York’s 1980s infamous park jams and starts out with a DJ asking the rapper’s native Queensbridge housing projects, “Are y’all ready to see Nasty Nas?” The question is, of course, rhetorical. After Nasir pushed rap’s envelope in 2008 on his politically charged Untitled album (originally titled N—er ), fans have clamored for new solo material. Thankfully, “Nasty” lives up to its name, as the track’s opening bars paint a picture of New York’s pre-gentrified crack era: “Late-night candlelight fiend with diesel in his needle/ Queensbridge leader, no equal.” Nas continues to toss numerous nods to the ’80s and ’90s on the Salaam Remi-produced track. There’s a shout to Queens street legend Thomas “Tony Montana” Mickens, the now-closed Tunnel nightclub and the late Notorious B.I.G. Still, “Nasty” isn’t just a trip down memory lane. In fact, Nas remains with his feet firmly planted in 2011 as he reflects on his growth from a wide-eyed boy looking out of his project window to rap’s upper echelon, while still leaving room to grow.”We ain’t going backwards, we’re staying forward though,” Nas said in a June interview with DJ Envy on MTV2′s Sucker Free. With the song’s lyrics, he stays true to that notion. “Silent rage, pristine in my vintage shades/ I’m not in the winters of my life or the beginning stage,” Nas spits before revealing his lustful interest in actress Antonique Smith, who played Faith Evans in the 2009 Biggie biopic “Notorious.” Nas continues to fire off quotables in rapid succession. “I’m so high, I never land like Mike Jackson’s crib” and “Your flow’s cheap as limousine liquor” are just a few examples of Nas’ spirited wordplay. If the new single is any indication of what fans can expect from the new Nas album, then for hip-hop fans, life is good. What do you think of Nas’ latest single? Share your reviews in the comments! Related Artists Nas
In behind-the-scenes footage, see how winning Memphis high school seniors landed a visit from the commander in chief. By James Montgomery Students at Booker T. Washington High School celebrate after winning President Obama’s 2011 “Race to the Top” Photo: MTV News Last month, the class of 2011 at Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis got the thrill of their lives when President Obama delivered the commencement speech at their graduation. It was their prize for winning the second annual “Race to the Top” challenge , a nationwide competition sponsored by Viacom, the Get Schooled Foundation and, of course, the White House. The contest aims to find the school that best prepares its students for college and beyond, and the seniors at Booker T. created a video that showcased not only its accomplishments (math scores 20 percent higher than the state average, a 30 percent increase in graduation rates), but its resiliency too. After all, the school is located in one of the nation’s poorest cities and can claim the 14th-highest crime rate in the country. Not surprisingly, they won, which meant that President Obama not only headed down to Memphis for BTW’s graduation, but he spent time with two of the school’s brightest and best pupils: Cassandra Henderson and Christopher Dean, both of whom overcame tremendous obstacles to not only graduate, but make plans for the future (both will attend the University of Memphis in the fall). As you can probably imagine, spending time with the president was a dream for both students. But Obama’s visit also meant something to the city of Memphis. As Dean told MTV News last month: “I’m proud of my school and happy for my city … this city needed the help that he brings. What better place to come than Memphis?” And now, you can relive Booker T. Washington High School’s big day with the premiere of “President Obama’s Race to the Top,” an in-depth program currently available on MTV.com. Through interviews with the students and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, you’ll be with them as they pose for photos with the president in front of Air Force One, fight back tears of joy, and, above all else, make a memory that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Related Videos President Obama’s Race To The Top 2011