Global Grinds own Blogxilla, also of Blogxilla.com returns with a brand new webisode called “Friends with Benefits.” On today’s episode Xilla links up with BET freshface Miss Mykie to discuss women and relationships.
Be sure to show luv and support by checking it out above.
September 29, 2011 – “BET Hip Hop Awards” just got hotter as Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa and Lupe Fiasco have signed on to perform at this year’s show. BET Networks confirmed that both artists are set to join Wale, Big Sean, Meek Mill and Roscoe Dash for what promises to be an epic slate of performances by hip hop’s finest. The “BET Hip Hop Awards,” is hosted by comedian Mike Epps with appearances by Diddy, Tracee Ellis Ross, Malcolm Jamal Warner and Wendy Raquel Robinson. The “BET Hip Hop Awards” will tape at The Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on Saturday, October 1, 2011 and will premiere on the network on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 8 p.m.* This year’s show will honor LL COOL J with the “I AM HIP-HOP ICON” Award.
Be sure to follow@Gyantunpluggedas I bring you all a live blog from the backstage, red carpet and production side of the ceremony. I will be asking your favorite celebrities the tough questions regarding an array of topics and subjects that matter.
Shouts to Cannon Kent and Lupe Fiasco over at Atlantic Records. I had a one on one interview with socially conscious MC Lupe Fiasco. I had forgot all about it, but luckily enough for me ATLnightspot.com reminded me by posting it on youtube.
Check Lupe talk about blog controversy, being the self-proclaimed nerd, Barack Obama and much much more. Lupe also takes questions from you the fans. [5:43 min mark]
Syracuse University professor and writer, Dr. Boyce Watkins, offers up a bit more explanation to his controversial blog post from earlier this week titled “BET Has Officially Become The New & Improved KKK”.
If you didn’t know or aren’t aware, Watkins published a scathing blog entry on yourblackworld.comcriticizing the Viacom owned BET network. In the riveting piece, the well-known and respected social critic held no punches on his take regarding BET’s social irresponsibility as it relates to African-Americans. And his specific target is none other then hip-hop’s reigning king Lil Wayne:
BET, the media company that targets black consumers, but is ultimately controlled by a predominantly white organization called Viacom, is not exactly on the same page when it comes to their assessment of Lil Wayne or any other artist (i.e. R. Kelly) who can be directly linked to the holocaust occurring within black America today. Given that models of profit maximization rarely call for any assessment of the negative externalities that result from unethical corporate behavior, the executive committee for the BET Awards made the interesting decision to give the greatest number of award nominations to Lil Wayne, the man who said that he would love to (among other things) make a woman fall in love with him, convince her to steal and kill for him, and then murder her and send her dead body back to her boyfriend (“and then I’ll murder that b*tch and send her body back to yo ass”). Oh yea, he also said that he would kill little babies, have sex with every girl in the world if he could, gladly use the gun he carries on his hip and “leave a nigga’s brains on the street.”
It might be almost feasible to overlook the “kill little babies comment” were it not for the innocent three-year old boy who was shot in the head by a 21-year old black male in my hometown just a couple of weeks ago – these atrocities are all too common in countless neighborhoods across America. Also, this music is not simply harmless entertainment for millions of black youth who’ve had their history stolen during slavery and actually look to hip-hop music to tell them how to dress, talk, think, act and live. There is no high school speaker more popular than a hip-hop star.
The Ku Klux Klan has been regularly criticized for encouraging violence against African Americans and terrorizing our community. But the truth is that the Klan doesn’t have much power anymore, and their thirst for African American blood seems to have waned a bit. At the same time, Lil Wayne and artists like him have made a habit of encouraging black men to shoot one another, to abuse or murder women, to consume suicidal amounts of drugs and alcohol and to engage in irresponsible, deadly sexual behavior.
As a result, black men are the most likely to die from gun violence, mass incarceration continues to decimate black families, drug addiction and possession ruins black lives in droves, and HIV is the leading killer of black women. So, the truth is that Lil Wayne-like artists and the corporate armies producing this weaponized genocide have killed more black people than the KKK ever could. By accelerating, financing and supporting the “Lil Wayne gospel” to a community that is already dying, BET has effectively positioned itself as a new and improved version of the KKK. In fact, if we had a choice between eliminating the KKK or getting rid of BET, the black community would benefit more from the latter.[Read More]
Direct and in your face isn’t it?! Listen, Mr. Watkins is echoing my point on my now disdain for a culture I once held near and dear to my heart. While I can’t point the finger at BET specifically — and only because starting with them barely scratches the surface on the worlds attack on young black people– I can understand Dr. Boyce’s contention and passion on this issue. From rap figures calling women, “hoes and bitches”, to female’s defining a man’s value by pointless materialism, it doesn’t take a pair of bifocals to observe that music can elevate, inspire and or destroy. Add thirsty corporations, who’s only goal is to improve their over-all bottom line, and you only compound an increasingly growing problem that’s reflecting generations devolution.
Watch Dr. Boyce Watkins expound on his earlier gripe with BET and Lil Wayne above it’s worth every minute.
Female rapper, Princess, will host a special viewing party for BET’s new Documentary “My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth about Women and Hip Hop” on Monday, August 30, 2010 at 9:00 p.m. at Tongue & Groove in Atlanta, Georgia.
The documentary, “MY MIC SOUNDS NICE: A TRUTH ABOUT WOMEN AND HIP HOP” is an appealing, inside look at how women have affected rap music, and in turn how rap music affects female MCs of past and present. Artists such as MC Lyte, Missy Elliott, and Queen Latifah contributed significantly to the shaping of hip hop music, bringing new sounds to the record labels. With the emergence of a younger generation of women in hip-hop like Nicki Minaj, “MY MIC SOUNDS NICE: A TRUTH ABOUT WOMEN AND HIP HOP” serves as a commentary for how hip hop music is influenced by women and vice versa. This documentary examines gender-specific differences in artistry, marketing, promotion and economics, explores why there are far fewer female than male MCs, and discusses whether there’s still a place for women in hip-hop.
“This is a story that could not be told by one voice. It required a chorus. And although this story is comprehensive, it is still likely one of many truths about the role of women in hip-hop” said Stephen Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials.
“MY MIC SOUNDS NICE: A TRUTH ABOUT WOMEN AND HIP-HOP” features revealing interviews with journalists, executives, and rappers, including Missy Elliott, EVE, Trina, Rah Digga, MC Lyte, Yo Yo, Questlove, along with hip-hop moguls Jermaine Dupri, Russell Simmons, Kevin Liles and many more. “MY MIC SOUNDS NICE: A TRUTH ABOUT WOMEN AND HIP HOP” is directed and produced by Ava DuVernay.
Though Soulja Boy didn’t do any press, he couldn’t slip past the Gyant who was the first blogger to ever have full access to the red carpet. It’s a good thing SB doesn’t take the blogs to seriously because he had no problem stopping to show the GU camera some luv.
Busta Rhymes was looking rather dapper in his Michael Jackson inspired coat.
The beautiful Lisa Leslie.. man she’s tall as sh*t.
Baby hair lacefront aka Brandy and Ray J trying to dodge the media like crazy.
TI and the 106 & Park crew. Rocsi got some nice ass legs. Who knew.
I’ve been waiting to meet Jermaine Jackson for years, but not for what you might think. Yea, Yea, Yea his music is cool, but its his hair, or peculiar paint hair looking thing he rocks on his head that’s had me focused for so many long.
Check it out above. I think it’s safe to say that it’s about as fake as Joe Jackson’s love for Michael.
This years BET Awards is drawing mixed reviews on the micro blogging site Twitter.com, but that didn’t stop that damn Diddy from gracing the stage with every relevant rapper in the game, he not included.
Nicki Minaj, Ricky Ross, T.I. and the background singers who make up Dirty Money came to take the stage from all the other performers of the night.
There was just one problem:
You couldn’t even see Young Money star Nicki Minaj, let alone hear her, which is an epic fail in itself.
For everyone out there who wished curses upon BET last year for the arguably shabby BET Awards — turned “Honors” ceremony after news broke that Pop legend Michael Jackson died just days before the music ceremony was to take place — should be very please with this tidbit I found out about Sunday night’s illustrious event.
Word on the street, from a VERY reliable source, is that powers that be have reached out to current embattled Pop star Chris Brown to bless the stage and pay homage to his musical idol in conjunction with the anniversary of his passing.
Details surrounding the super secretive surprise are being guarded, so I don’t have much on what exactly Chris will perform, but let’s be honest this opportunity could save both my new networks home in the eyes of the public, and Chris who is currently in the fight of his life every since that debacle almost a year and a half ago.
This information is exclusive, and very much going down so be sure to spread the word.
Now the real question is will Rihanna, who is nominated, be in attendance and if so will her new baseball boy toy LA Dodgers Matt Kemp be sitting by her side. Will producers of one of the most sought after award ceremonies of the year be a bit messy and pan in on Rihanna once CB hit’s the stage?