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Ryan Cameron & State Farm Team Up for Safe Teenage Driving

Radio personality Ryan Cameron and nationwide insurance State Farm have recently teamed up to encourage safe driving among teenagers.

The Ryan Cameron Foundation and State Farm Insurance are looking to give one teenager free driving lessons at 1st Atlanta Area Driving School. This will include 40 hours of defense driving; 30 in-class and 10 on the open road. To enter the contest, the teen or teen’s parent must first like “RCF” on Facebook and leave a brief comment stating why you like the foundation or how RCF has impacted you or your community. After you have submitted your comment, have your family and friends like RCF on Facebook and like your comment; to keep the contest far.

Best wishes to all you entering this great cause to safe driving.

Former Rapper Shyne: “I Don’t Want to Be A Rapper”

Former Bad Boy Records rapper Shyne tells Time’s Global Spin “I don’t even want to be a rapper.” in today’s exclusive interview.

Back in 1999, Shyne also accompanied by Sean Combs and then girlfriend Jennifer Lopez were involved in a nightclub shooting in Manhattan. As a result of the incident, the rapper was sentenced to ten years in June 2001. While incarcerated at the Clinton Correctional Facility in New York, Shyne changed his name to recently known as Moshe Michael Levi.

Today,  Levi explained to Global Spin why he no long wants to be recognized as a rapper.

“I don’t even want to be a rapper. I don’t listen to that music. I’m a musician. I’d rather be like Bob Marley or Leonard Cohen, one of those guys.”

He calls his latest work “philosophical and sophisticated.”

Moshe currently resides in Jerusalem, studies Torah, and raps at local fundraisers. He is also seeking approval from the U.S. Department of State to start a college tour and perform his motivational music.

Ludacris and Daughter Karma Bridges Create Interactive Learning Website for Children

Atlanta rapper Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges recently launched an educational site dedicated to his daughter, Karma Bridges.

Karmasworld.com was first introduced to the father as his daughter wanted to create a website filled with fun learning. She believes kids learn faster through music and games; resulting in the debut of Karma’s World. The site teaches children grades 1-6 with educational lyrics and interactive games. Not only do children learn Math, Science, and English, the site also teaches manners. There is also a special section for parents and teachers on tips to keep their children/students interesting in learning.

The atmosphere is fun, academic, and children will enjoy having fun with games and learning at the same time. Make sure you check out Karma’s World.

Walk A Mile In My Shoes

Charles McCree Presents: Project Walk A Mile In My Shoes Charity Shoe Drive: December 10th 2011 Shoe-A-Thon held at Houseof Adrene Located: 264 Peters St SW Atlanta, GA 30313 from 9am-9pm. Our goal is to raise more shoes than ever before. Our Motto is: “Give not because you feel you have to… but simply because you can”

The Message Special Performance at Grammy Nominations Special

“It’s like a jungle sometimes it makes me wonder how I keep from goin’ under.”

Life in the ghetto, pimps, prostuities, junkies, and drugs led to Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five to their classic single “The Message”. Recently, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five “The Message” became the first hip-hop single to be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. A song with an impact of cultural understanding has led to a special performance during the Grammy Nomination Concert on November 30th. Taking the stage, along side Furious Five members Melle Mel and Scorpio, will be Common, LL Cool J, Rick Ross, and Lupe Fiasco performing “The Message”.

Philadelphia Hunger Coalition

Asher Roth is stepping back into the spotlight. The Philadelphia-based MC has officially announced his signing to Def Jam Recordings and is prepping his sophomore album Is This Too Orange? for a spring release.

 

With the ink fresh on the paper, Roth has been in the studio with Pharrell, Jim Jonsin, and others working on the follow-up to his 2008 debut Asleep in the Bread Aisle, due in March on SRC Records/Def Jam.

“Def Jam is a great place to call home,” said the 26-year-oldrapper, who was previously signed to SRC/Universal Motown. “I’m excited to get back to the basics with good, honest music.”

Island Def Jam President and COO Steve Bartels welcomed him to the family. “The Def Jam brand stands for quality, creativity, and authenticity,” he stated. “We believe Asher Roth delivers all this and more. He’s a great fit for us and we look forward to delivering Asher’s special brand of great hip-hop music as only Def Jam can.”

SRC Records CEO Steve Rifkind added, “Partnering up with Def Jam on Asher’s album is a great opportunity for all parties involved.”

Following the release of his mixtape Seared Fois Gras with Quince and Cranberry and The Rawth EP, a free album with producer Nottz, Roth will release Pabst & Jazz Sessions, a collaboration with The Cool Kids’ Chuck Inglish andproduction duo Blended Babies. His latest collection will be available December 20 on iTunes, with Asher’s proceeds benefitting The Philadelphia Hunger Coalition.

Dr. Dre Ready for Vacation

After years in the hip-hop game, rapper/producer Dr. Dre is ready for a break from the industry.

Today, Fader TV held an interview with the rapper/producer discussing future plans.  Dre decided after he finishes working with Kendrick Lamar and Slim Da Mobster, he will take a vacation to spend time with family. Working in the rap industry for over 25 years, Dr. Dre feels the need for a break but will never quit; “It’s my air.” [Fader TV]

Although Dre will be away from the studio, he will continue to work on Beats By Dre. The Doc is extremley is pleased with his sales and will no stop until they become second [or first] to Apple. “I’m shocked myself as to how well they’re doing. We’re gonna keep new and exciting product coming. We’re trying to eventually be second to Apple. And I don’t think that’s a bad position,” said Dr. Dre.

You can expect more items from Beats By Dre including speakers and microphones.

 

Celebrate Hip-Hop History Month

The Universal Zulu Nation calls on the nation to recognize the entire month of November as Hip-Hop History.

Born on November 12, 1974, Hip-Hop was introduced as rhythmic beats and expression of poetry through MCing. Hip-Hop introduced more than a fresh rhyme and developed forms of dance, art, and DJing. To many, today’s Hip-Hop is lacking the knowledge and empowerment of what it truly stands for. Today’s youth is misrepresented by the money, jewelry, women, and drugs, which is considered to be “Hip-Hop”. Legendary Hip-Hop pioneer, Afrika Bambaataa, encourages people to do their research on hip-hop and the true meaning behind its’ meaning.

In New York, where Hip-Hop originated, the states senate will recognize November as Hip-Hop History Month.

The Roots Honored with Mural and New Album

The dynamic Hip-Hop/Neo-Soul band The Roots will be honored in their hometown [Philadelphia] with a mural. The band will also release their upcoming thirteen album this winter.

The mural will be located on the corner where Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter and Amir “?uestlove” Thompson contributed their lyrical skills to become hip-hop legends. The band believes the community has been a uplift to their success, which led the Philadelphia natives to request suggestions from the public. The mural is scheduled to be complete by Summer 2012.

The band, who premiers on the “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”, recently announced they will release a new album entitled “Undun” predicted to drop December 6. Their first single “Make My” featuring Big K.R.I.T. was released via iTunes on November 1.

Occupy Atlanta Team Up with SCLC

 

Occupy Atlanta has linked with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to
rise their movement.

Since recent protest and arrest were made in Woodruff Park, Occupy Atlanta has received help from a prominent civil rights organization. The SCLC has agreed to mentor the movement as veterans see themselves in today’s organization. “This is just the 1968 Poor Peoples
Campaign refashioned in the 21st century,” said Rev. Bolden, a former assistant to Dr. King. “Once again, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. These kids get it like we did back in the day.”

Occupy Atlanta is looking to move into Woodruff Park this weekend, alongside Rev. Jessie Jackson. Jackson supports the movements as protestors are committed to helping the needy, citizens being laid off their jobs, and those in the economic crisis. Although the protestors are
defiant against Mayor Kasim Reed’s policy, they are not afraid to stand up for our rights.

 

Phillip Smith

 

 

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