Morning Show Update
June 30, 2006
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LIL KIM TO BE RELEASED ON MONDAY CHARGES
Rapper Lil Kim, whose real name is Kimberly Jones, will be released from the Philadelphia Detention Center on Monday (July 3rd), sometime between 6 and 10 a.m., according to her attorney, James Leonard, Jr. Allhiphop.com reports that the rapper will be taken to an undisclosed facility for processing, then placed under house arrest at her New Jersey home for a month.
Lil Kim’s brother Chris Jones explained that what the family has been through isn’t unique, as many people have loved ones behind bars: “That’s regular. There’s million of people all over the world that has children that’s incarcerated.”
Jones added: “We over it now. She’ll be home next week. It’s over and done with.”
Lil Kim was sentenced to 366 days in jail for allegedly lying to a grand jury which was investigating a February 2001 shooting outside New York City radio station WQHT-FM. The rapper began serving her sentence last September.
Jesse Jackson To Make Twin Cities Appearance Today
The Rev. Jesse Jackson is coming to North Commons Park (1801 James Avenue North, Minneapolis) today. The event starts at 12:30pm. Warming up the crowd will be the sounds of Grammy-nominated Excelsior Gospel Choir.
This free, family event is a rally for state Rep. Keith Ellison, a candidate for US Congress.
For more information, call 612.522.4416 or visit http://www.keithellison.org.
DMX BACK BEHIND BARS
Rapper DMX was taken into custody yesterday (Thursday, June 29th) when he appeared at a White Plains, New York courthouse after a warrant had been issued for his arrest. E! Online reports that bail was set at $25,000 for the rapper. DMX’s latest legal woes are the product of him missing yet another court date. The rapper was initially due in court on June 16th to answer charges stemming from a traffic stop on June 2nd. The court date was postponed twice, but when DMX failed to show up to court on Wednesday (June 28th), Judge Barbara Leak issued a warrant for his arrest.
During the June 2nd traffic stop, the rapper was pulled over for driving erratically and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He was also ticketed for driving without a seatbelt and an unsafe lane change.
In related news, DMX was also pulled over and ticketed for driving on the shoulder of the Hutchinson River Parkway in Harrison, New York on June 11th.
On June 16th, police in Scottsdale, Arizona, cited him for carrying a concealed handgun outside a nightclub when they spotted the rapper placing the weapon underneath the driver’s seat of his vehicle.
LUDACRIS HOOKS UP WITH R. KELLY, THE NEPTUNES, & OTHERS ON NEW ALBUM
Rapper Ludacris is currently recording his new album, Release Therapy, which he plans to release this fall. MTV.com reports that so far, the rapper has worked with Kanye West, Timbaland, Jermaine Dupri, Rick Rubin, R. Kelly, the Neptunes, and the Track Starz. Plans are also in the works for Ludacris to hook up with the Black Eyed Peas’ Will.I.Am.
Although busy recording a new album, Ludacris hasn’t neglected his duties as the head of Disturbing Tha Peace Records. The label’s newest signees, the Field Mob, made an impressive Top Ten debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart with their new project, Light Poles And Pine Trees.
Next week, DTP’s first lady, Shawnna, will release her second album, Block Music, and R&B singer Bobby Valentino will release his second solo effort, Special Occasion, early this fall.
MOS DEF AND WIFE ORDERED TO SETTLE DIVORCE OUT OF COURT
Rapper and actor Mos Def has been involved in an ongoing divorce battle with his wife of 10 years, Maria Yepes-Smith. The New York Post reports that on Wednesday (June 28th), Justice Sarah Krauss told the rapper and his soon-to-be ex-wife, “Work it out, right now. I have 50 cases here.”
The couple have been in and out of court over the matter — including Valentine’s Day of this year, when they were battling over child support for the couple’s two children. Per a temporary agreement, Mos Def was supposed to pay $10,000 a month in child support but the rapper had only been paying $8,000.
In related news, Mos Def is still working on a new album tentatively titled The Undeniable Free Now Black: Volume Zero. The set will be the rapper’s last release under his current deal with Geffen Records, but he isn’t rushing into any new deals. The rapper has already allegedly turned down an offer from Def Jam Records.
Mos Def released his second album, The New Danger, in 2004.
JAMIE KENNEDY LANDS DEAL FOR DEBUT RAP ALBUM
In the 2003 rap spoof Malibu’s Most Wanted, Jamie Kennedy played a wannabe rapper, but it looks like these days he’s really trying to pull it off. Allhiphop.com reports that Kennedy has secured a deal with Warner Reprise Records to distribute his label, JKSS Records, and his debut album, Blowin’ Up, which is due July 11th.
The process of putting the album together and landing a deal were all chronicled on Kennedy’s MTV reality show Blowin’ Up, which features the aspiring rapper and his friend Stu Stone trying to make it happen in the entertainment industry.
JURY SELECTION BEGINS IN MICHAEL JACKSON LAWSUIT CASE
Jury selection began earlier this week in Santa Monica, California for a case involving Michael Jackson’s former business associate Marc Schaffel, who claims that the singer owes him $3.8 million for expenses and unpaid salary stemming from a charity single and two TV specials. According to the Associated Press, Jackson has countersued, calling Schaffel a “swindler” who misappropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Jackson’s molestation charges came up during the jury selection proceedings when four potential jurors revealed that they thought he was guilty. One woman who was accepted on the panel said, “I have lots of opinions about this man. How can you not? I read so much and I have tons of opinions.”
Prosecutors named Schaffel an “unindicted co- conspirator” in Jackson’s sex abuse case.
Jackson just announced that he’s moving to Europe to work on a new album, followed by a possible tour.
He was acquitted on child molestation charges last year.
LeTOYA TELLS HOW SHE SURVIVED THE DOWN TIMES TO COME OUT ON TOP
LeToya has a lot going on: a Top10 R&B hit with her single “Torn;” the release of her self-titled debut solo album on July 25th; a choice summer gig as the opener for Mary J. Blige; and she also owns an upscale clothing boutique in Houston called Lady Elle. However, things haven’t always gone so well. She was replaced in Destiny’s Child in 2000, and spent a few years getting back on her feet and choosing her next steps, first dealing with legal issues around Destiny’s Child, and then starting a group that fell apart when its production company collapsed.
Now that LeToya is back on top as a solo artist, she explains how she was able to keep the faith while dealing with her troubles: “My family always told me to keep my head up. And at the time when things were going the way they were going, as you know, they told me to dust myself off and keep moving. And at that time I considered, you know, maybe doing some background stuff, or maybe doing some A&R, some behind-the-scenes stuff, but something told me, ‘Hey, go out there and get it.’ And that’s why I continue to press on, and I let God take the front seat in my career, and he has definitely shown up and shown out.”
MARIAH CAREY CREDITS WEIGHT LOSS TO A ‘MORSEL DIET’
If Mariah Carey’s looking a little trimmer these days, it’s thanks to what she calls a “morsel diet.”
According to NBC4.com, Carey said, “I have been on a diet, which is totally boring, not even worth discussing because you’d be bored even hearing about it.” She did open up a bit about her new eating habits, saying, “It’s like mainly really boring soups. Like maybe you get like a little bit of chicken in a vegetable soup. Vegetables steamed. Boring, steamed fish and chicken the same way every night.” Carey admitted that it’s easier to keep her legs in shape than any other part of her body.
Carey is getting in shape for the start of her tour, which kicks off August 5th in Miami. She’ll be on the road behind her smash album, The Emancipation Of Mimi.
BEYONCE HAS DIFFICULTY TURNING DOWN PROJECTS
Keeping up with Beyonce Knowles is tough. She’s got a new single on the charts, has performed at this week’s BET awards, will release her album B’Day in September, and unveils the latest from her House of Dereon clothing line at New York’s fashion week this fall. And later this year, she’s going to be Dreamgirls central, promoting both the movie and its soundtrack. All of that might seem overwhelming to your average 24-year-old, but it’s the tip of the iceberg compared to what Beyonce could’ve taken on. The actress- singer said she’s mastered the art of turning down projects because she realized that it’s her name and reputation on the line with whatever she does: “I one day realized that when people see me, they think it’s me. And it’s a reflection of me so I have to learn how to say no when I don’t like something. And that’s a very hard thing to do. Especially with me. I like to do a lot and I don’t like to disappoint people, and I work hard.”
Lena Horne, singer/actress, 89
David Alan Grier, comedian/actor, 51
Stanley Clarke,bassist, 55
Mike Tyson, boxer, 40
BlacK History Fact
In 1847, Dred Scott, a slave, files suit in the St. Louis Circuit Court claiming that his temporary residence in a free territory should have made him a free man. Scott would lose the case.
In 1943, former Supremes member Florence Ballard was born in Detroit. Ballard met fellow Supremes Diana Ross and Mary Wilson in the late ’50s. The group, originally known as the Primettes, was renamed the Supremes in 1961. Ballard initially shared lead vocal duties with Ross, but eventually became just a background singer. The group’s ascent to stardom brought with it many problems, and after increasingly unprofessional behavior, Ballard was dismissed from the Supremes and replaced by Cindy Birdsong. Ballard never achieved success on her own and fell upon hard times, dying in poverty on February 22, 1976 at the age of 32.
In 1966, The Supremes make the studio recording of “You Keep Me Hangin’ On.” The song tops Billboard’s Hot 100 for two weeks and R&B singles chart for four weeks.
In 1967, Revenge album by Bill Cosby was certified Gold.
In 1975, The Heat Is On album by Isley Brothers was certified Gold.
In 1975, the Jackson 5 announced that they’ll leave Motown Records for Epic (and change their name to “The Jacksons,” since Motown owns the name “Jackson 5″).
In 1995, singer Phyllis Hyman took her own life at the age of 44. Hyman began singing professionally in 1971 as a member of the group New Direction. After stints in Miami groups, Hyman moved to New York and Norman Conners featured her in his band. Hyman released her self-titled debut album in 1977. After signing with Arista Records in the late 70s, Hyman’s career took off. Her hits include “Somewhere In My Lifetime,” “You Know How To Love Me” and “Can’t We Fall In Love Again.” In 1986 she signed with the legendary Philadelphia International label, and her success streak continued. A posthumous album, Forever With You, was later released.
In 1997, Mike Tyson apologized publicly for biting Evander Holyfield’s ears during a heavyweight championship boxing match in Las Vegas two days earlier, saying he’d become angered after Holyfield head-butted him.
In 1998, Miss Thang by Monica was certified Double Platinum.
In 1999, The movie Wild, Wild West starring Will Smith opened in theaters.
Words to the Wise
You can’t limit God’s Blessings!
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