K-Dot is heading back to school. And starting next week, he’ll be trekking throughout the country for his college tour. After the jump, see if this good kid is hitting a city near you.
UPDATE: Following his college tour, K-Dot’s globetrotting for his good kid, m.A.A.D. city tour and he’s bringing his Black Hippy crew with him. Remaining college shows and world tour dates below.
04-21 Lowell, MA – Tsongas Center *
04-22 State College, PA – Bryce Jordan Center
04-23 Fairfax, VA – Private
04-24 Durham, NC – Duke University *+
04-25 Williamsburg, VA – William & Mary
04-26 New Britain, CT – Central CT State *
04-27 Cortland, NY – SUNY Cortland *
04-28 Waltham, MA – Private
04-29 Newark, DE – University of Delaware
04-30 Greensboro, NC – North Carolina A&T
05-01 Fairfield, CT – Fairfield University +
05-03 Ithaca, NY – Private
05-04 Watertown, NY – SUNY Jefferson
* with Steve Aoki + Closed to General Public
good kid, m.A.A.d city Tour Dates
May 5th – West Palm Beach, FL – SUNFEST
May 11 – Columbia, MD – Sweetlife Festival
May 17 – La Jolla, CA – Sungod Festival
May 18 – Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Festival
May 22 – Las Vegas, – NV Cosmopolitan
May 23 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Great Saltair
May 29 – Portland, ME – The Waterfront At Ocean Gateway
May 30 – Albany, NY – Armory
June 1 – Junction, VT – Champion Valley Exposition
June 3 – Belle Vernon, PA – Ice Garden
June 4 – Cleveland, OH – Jacob Pavilion at Nautica
June 5 – Detroit, MI – Chene Park
June 6 – Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn
June 8 – Randall’s Island, NY – Govenors Ball
June 10 – Baton Rouge, LA – Baton Rouge River Center
June 11 – Houston, TX – Reliant Arena
June 12 – Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre
June 13 – New Braunfels, TX – Whitewater Amphitheatre
June 16 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
June 19 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre
June 20 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
June 21 – Simpsonville, SC – Charter Amphitheatre
June 22 – Dover, DE – Firefly Music Festival
June 23 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheatre
June 26 – Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre
June 28 – San Diego, CA – Del Mar Fair Festival
June 29 – Kansas City, KS – Kanrocksas Festival
June 29 – Los Angeles, CA – BET Experience
July 3 – Gdynia, PL – Heineken Open’er Festival
July 4 – Roskilde, DK – Roskilde Festival
July 5 – Zurich, SE – Touch the Lake Festival
July 6 – Haachtsesteenweg, BE – Rock Werchter Festival
July 7 – Arras, FR – Main Square Festival
July 8 – Birmingham, UK – Academy
July 9 – Manchester, UK – Apollo
July 10 – Leeds, UK – Academy
July 11 – Grafenhainichen, DE – Splash Festival
July 12 – Kinross-shire, UK – T in the Park Festival
July 13 – London, UK – Wireless Festival
July 14 – Rotterdam, NL – North Sea Jazz Festival
July 17 – Montreaux, CH – Montreaux Jazz Festival
July 18 – Molde, NO – Molde Jazz Festival
July 19 – Tonsberg, NO – Slottsfjell
July 20 – Pori, FI – Pori Jazz Festival
July 27 – Naeba, Japan – Fuji Rock Festival
Aug 2 – Toronto, Canada- Sound Academy
Aug 3 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
Aug 4 – Montreal, Canada – Osheaga Music Festival
Aug 8 – Oslo, NO – Oya Festival
Aug 9 – Helsinki, FI – Flow Festival
Aug 10 – Gothenburg, SE – Way Out West Festival
Aug 15 – Hasselt, BE – Pukkelpop Festival
Aug 16 – Biddinghuizen, NL – Lowlands Festival
Aug 17 – Chelmsford, UK – V Festival
Aug 18 – South Staffordshire, UK – V Festival
Aug 20 – Glasgow, UK – Bellahouston Park
Aug 22 – Paris, FR – Stade de France
Aug 23 – Paris, FR – Rock En Seine Festival
Aug 24 – Hradec Kralove, CZ – Hip Hop Kemp Festival
Actor Denzel Washington is telling it straight up! The award winning actor recently sat down for a interview where he targeted the points that some actors make a point of hob-nobbing with famous and high-profile folks in the industry and getting their picture in the tabloids as often as possible. Then there’s Denzel Washington.
“Actually, even within the industry, I don’t have any actor friends. My friends are old friends. One’s an ex-music guy, the other’s a restaurant owner and the other’s an ex-pro ballplayer.”
When asked why he didn’t have many friends among his colleagues, Washington snapped,
“Because I don’t make friends! Maybe I’m not a butt-kisser, maybe I’m not a schmoozer. I’m not about to go to a party to try to get a job. And then when you have children, the other friends become other parents. We’d coach baseball or basketball. My wife and I were raised right. I don’t want movie-star friends. And being African American, there were no big movie stars to hang out with anyway, not when I was starting out, they were just the third guy from the back! For whatever reason, I never befriended any white actors.”
One of Washington’s public relations representatives later offer a clarification on the Guardian story, “I sat in on this interview,” the rep said. “The part they failed to mention was after he said ‘never befriended any white actors’ he mentioned ‘except,’ and then listed Tom Hanks, Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, etc. They cut the rest of the thought out. The rest is fine though.”
As the interview went on, Washington’s seem to clarify that his attitude had less to do with his opinions of his fellow thespians and more with the current culture of celebrity in America. “I’m a working actor!”he declared. “What’s a celebrity anyway? Paris Hilton’s a celebrity. I’m just a working actor.”
Kevin Clash helped mold Elmo into the ageless character that we loved as children and still cherish as adults. Since 1984, Clash has worked at Sesame Street,becoming an Emmy-award-winning performer and breaking barriers as an African American puppeteer.
However, his revered career came crashing down when an aspiring male model by the name of Sheldon Stevens claimed that Clash, who is 52 years old, sexually abused him when he was 16 years old. Stevens, who is now 24 years old, later recanted, admitting that he and the puppeteer had “an adult consensual relationship” in a statement released on Tuesday by his former legal representatives.
Although the alarming news was proven to be false, people will still remember the negative scenario that put both Clash’s personal life and sexuality at the forefront of his career.
Here’s the rundown on the man that took down Elmo!
Behind his stunning good looks and flawless physique lies the face of a criminal who’s no stranger to deception. Stevens, who sometimes goes by the name “Sheldon Xzavier,” is an amateur model from Philadelphia who’s worked in hospitality and retail and has lived in Brooklyn.
In 2009, he was arrested for stealing $250,000 worth of jewelry from his former employee while he was at an airport in Harrisburg, PA. He was spotted wearing a white gold necklace and a ring that a music manager from L.A. claimed he stole from him at knife point. Stevens told law enforcement officials that it was a “gift” and the case was eventually dismissed.
Last year, the sly pretty boy got caught passing a bad check. The charge was dropped after he settled the matter with a business in Harrisburg. And in May, he pleaded guilty to a traffic offense after he was busted for reckless driving.
Ironically, despite his criminal history, Stevens’ friends say he is a “God-fearing man” that happens to attract men in power.
On his Twitter page, Stevens describes himself as an “Entrepreneur, Student, Model, Actor,” according to The Smoking Gun. And on Facebook account, he said:
“I like to consider myself a rare breed. I’m very spontaneous and random … I’m determined and goal oriented. My destiny is laid on a solid gold brick pathway……. MY FUTURE IS BRIGHT and never will it dim.”
In reality, he’s also a student at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology and is expected to graduate with a BA next May.
His family has also been in some drama of their own. His mom was reportedly arrested and charged with an attempted murder after stabbing her boyfriend with a pair of scissors. She is scheduled to appear in court on December 19.
This troubled man looking for fame and attention has already developed a reputation that will always be tarnished and haunting. Where will he go from here?
The bullets struck Ty-Teyanna Motley and her one-year-old brother, Isaiah, who were sleeping with their grandmother in a sofa bed behind the door, said Charlie Howard, the victims’ uncle.
Ty-Teyanna was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The boy was taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. Police said he was stable but in critical condition. His uncle said he suffered a bullet wound near his spine.
The childrens’ uncle, Charlie Howard, says:
“We never had any problems with anybody. Whoever did that was a coward. My niece was only 2 years old. If they had a problem, they should just tell us.”
Howard was in the basement of the house sleeping with his family when the bullets shattered the home’s silence. He then rushed upstairs, finding his nephew screaming and soaked in blood and his niece was unresponsive.
The site reports:
Police said they had no leads but said the incident did not appear to be the result of a drive-by shooting. They asked the community for tips, but many of the neighbors who gathered around the house Saturday morning could offer little help. Several declined to speak to an AJC reporter.
The little girl’s grandfather, Tommy Wood, described her as a precocious toddler. “If she was out there now, she’d be messing with me,” said Wood, who added that Isaiah had just started to walk. “He was just getting around, just starting to know the family.”
The family is urging witness to come forward with information on the extremely tragic crime.
Our prayers and condolences are with the Motley family and we hope the Atlanta Police department get to the bottom of this.
Though it’s not being billed as a concept album,good kid does have something like a storyline. Often set in Compton during Lamar’s teen years, it’s an album about beginning with as much innocence as anyone anywhere but eventually facing so many external pressures, be they drugs, gang activity, or poverty, that keeping the naivety intact is close to impossible. These songs are by no means all doom and gloom – the Drake-featuring, Janet Jackson-sampling “Poetic Justice” is a bedroom jam, plain and simple – but there seems to be something threatening at every corner, with Lamar asserting that “even a small lighter can burn a bridge.”
“They waitin’ on Kendrick like the first and the 15th,” goes Kendrick Lamar on his new album, and he’s right. After a long string of mixtapes and last year’s independently released LPSection.80, the 25-year-old Compton rapper signed with Aftermath/Interscope and began work on his major-label debut proper, good kid, m.A.A.d city, one of the year’s most rapturously anticipated full-lengths. But not only have “they” – rap fans in general, let’s postulate – been waiting on Lamar himself, they’ve also been waiting on what he is. Armed with a dizzying array of technical gifts and an auteurist approach that’s historically been all but foreign to others of his ever-increasing hype, he just might be the most unique MC to emerge since André 3000. And with good kid, Lamar has given us the most comprehensive look yet at his absurd amount of raw talent.
This Shit is a PREQUEL to Dre’s THE CHRONIC & Snoop’s DOGGYSTYLE my nucca!” – Efani Allah
Opener “Sherane a.k.a. Master Splinter’s Daughter” unfolds a tale of a high-school Lamar headed to meet a local girl “with nothing but pussy stuck on my mental,” and it’s one of the album’s most innocent narrative moments. By the time “The Art of Peer Pressure” rolls around three tracks later, Lamar is puffing on a blunt even though “Usually, I’m drug-free” and “probably ‘bout to catch my first offense” for robbing the trunk of a car. And once the 12-minute “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst” really locks in, the album hits its emotional peak, with Lamar quoting a recent conversation with a friend (“’And if I die before your album drop, I hope–”) that ends with three gunshots. It’s actually a fairly understated moment, but chilling nonetheless.
AlreadyCreativeClientele.com‘s Efani Allah has calledgood kid “the best-rapped album you’re liable to hear this year,” but it also might be the most dazzling display of MCsmanship of the last half-decade or more. Here, Lamar toys with every register of his impossibly elastic voice and blazes through double- and triple-time flows like they’re nothing. But just as impressive as all that is that he knows how to use his technical gifts, adjusting his cadence in order to get the utmost out of every last line: He approaches Minaj-ian levels of animation on the stomping to my son Neiko’s favorite joint “Backseat Freestyle”, while the easy-riding “The Art of Peer Pressure” finds him more tranquil, making sure every syllable is perfectly audible. It’s hard to get enough of such virtuosic control.
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Its major-label backing and having been executive-produced by the increasingly artless Dr. Dre had people worrying that good kid would be a trudge through pop excess – but rest assured, there’s no “I Need a Doctor” here, or anything close. The album wades through a myriad of sounds, from clacking Southern stomp (“m.A.A.d city”) to exceedingly suave R&B (“Poetic Justice”) to hard-knocking West Coast grandeur (the Dre-featuring “Compton”), but none of it’s so gaudy as to guarantee endless airplay. Instead, these are songs that, miraculously, put more emphasis on atmosphere than hooks or commercial potential. Somehow, the beats — often swathed in tight bass ripples, wafting background vocals, and twinkling piano-taps — are simultaneously modest and completely pristine.
It’s a testimony to the album’s supreme unity that neither Lamar’s much-buzzed-about Lady Gaga collaboration “Partynauseous”, his Dre-featuring “The Recipe”, nor the Gunplay-assisted “Cartoon & Cereal” – three tracks that share little to nothing withgood kid‘s arc – made it onto this thing. Were this not a record so inexhaustibly committed to its vision and story, all three of those likely would have made the cut – the last two are among the best rap songs of the year, and the yet-to-be-released Gaga track already has the DNA of a hit. In this era of major-label rap records being constantly stifled by everything from incongruous guest appearances to overall sonic overload, Lamar has bypassed the norm by producing an album that’s damn near unimpeachable. The wait for Lamar and all he represents isn’t just over. We now have an album from him so masterful that it’d be greedy to ask for much more.
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Essential Tracks: “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”, “Backseat Freestyle”, “Poetic Justice”, and “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst”
“That was very sweet and respectful that he called me first. I am happy that they picked him. He is a real good guy.”
Mike, who hasn’t always had the “nice guy” rep, may have done himself a big favor by being so considerate.
Now Richard’s widow is not only happy that he’ll be playing her late husband in the Nina Simone movie, but is also considering him as the actor who should star as Richard in the film telling the tale of his own life.
As the future film’s producer, Mrs. Pryor really wants a great actor who could authentically portray her late husband, also commenting that Eddie Murphy is not the right guy for the job.
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“Having Eddie Murphy play Richard Pryor would be like having Al Jolson play Malcolm X.”
Well damn son, we know who won’t be in that film. Congratulations to the big homie Mike Epps on his continued success!
VIDEO: Watch This Classic Clip of Richard Pryor Portraying the 1st Black President…Pre-Obama!
As we gear up for round two of the presidential debates tomorrow night, no one can forget how President Obama #FAILED in round one. Our faithful followers believed that Obama went soft in Round 1! He was too nice and too relaxed, while the Romney/Ryan camp were ruthless in their pursuit to defame, defile and outright bash the Obama administration and its’ policies.
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The President failed to confront Mitt Romney on his track record, numerous gaffes and flip-flopping history. He also seemed disengaged and subdued during the first debate in Denver, much to the dismay of his supporters, who knew Obama could and should have done much better.
Since the debate, Obama has dropped hints that the next time he faces off with his Republican challenger, he will be less polite and more aggressive. A spokeswoman from the Obama campaign also reaffirmed his plan to take shots at Romney’s record as the CEO of Bain Capital.
While the President preps for the townhall-style debate tomorrow, we figured we’d help him out by going over five key points Barack needs to bring up.
So if you’re reading this, Mr. Obama, take this as a little cheat sheet that you should call Romney out on!
1. Mitt’s “47 Percent” Comment:
Last month, a video surfaced showing Money Mitt trashing 47 percent of the nation as government dependent moochers and “victims” that he doesn’t plan to “worry” about, because he won’t “convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” Soon after, and during the first debate, Romney contradicted himself and said that he cares about 100 percent of Americans.
Obama reasoned that he didn’t bring this up before because everyone has already heard it, yet it proved to be effective when VP Joe Biden used it as a point of reference during his VP debate with Paul Ryan. And so Obama should do the same.
2. “Mitt Romney don’t pay no tax!” – Kanye:
Obama should mention the fact that Money Mitt only paid a 14 percent tax rate on the $20 million that he made last year. Plus, on CBS’ 60 Minutes, Mitt stated he sees nothing wrong with the fact that he pays less taxes than an average working Joe making $50,000 a year. Not to mention he still hasn’t released his own tax returns for his years at Bain.
3. Romney, the Businessman:
When Obama brings up Money Mitt’s 10-year reign as the CEO of Bain Capital, he should point out that the company outsourced American jobs and laid off hundreds of thousands of workers.
4. He’s a Flip-Flopper:
Since Mitt Romney’s political career began, he’s had a terrible record of flip-flopping on major issues in an attempt to pander to different audiences. He’s taken confusingly contrasting views on abortion, gun rights and universal healthcare.
5. Women’s Rights – Ring The Alarm!
Since running for the presidency, Romney has been a pro-life advocate who’s threatened to take away a woman’s right to choose by overturning Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that gives women constitutional and legal rights to have an abortion. He also plans to defund Planned Parenthood, which offers low-income women access to free breast cancer screenings and safe alternatives to child bearing.
Throughout the years in Hollywood, we have seen many different stars battle weight issues, whether it be about being too skinny or too fat.
While some go to drastic measures to change their image, Lady Gaga recently stood up to protest the harsh criticism.
The Born This Way superstar recently posted a half naked picture of herself to her website with the caption, “Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15,” to show that she is struggling with her eating disorder but taking care of herself.
Gaga has been receiving some judgments from the media this week since photos came out of her looking a little thicker than what we usually see, but they could have been photoshopped.
Even though she admitted to the NY Daily News that she gained 25 pounds recently, she still looks like her same beautiful self in other recent pictures.
Gaga decided to take action and made a sub-section on her Little Monsters website called “Body Revolution” for fans to talk about their “perceived flaws” as she puts it:
“My mother and I created the BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION for one reason: “to inspire bravery.” This profile is an extension of that dream. Be brave and celebrate with us your “perceived flaws,” as society tells us. May we make our flaws famous, and thus redefine the heinous.”
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian finished up a great day in NYC yesterday with an even better night.
PHOTOS: Kanye West and Kim K at New York Fashion Week 2012
After attending numerous fashion shows during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Kim did a quick outfit change and the couple headed to a romantic dinner at Nomad in the East Village.
Yeezy opened the door for his girl, and grabbed her hand before they headed inside the trendy New York eatery. ‘Ye most likely helped his girl pick out a sporty-themed outfit for the night, complete with Varsity jacket, a tight skirt, sexy heels and a slicked back pony.
That was just a preview for a relaxing night, because Kim had an early bedtime. So early, that most of us were probably still in a deep sleep!
“Got up at 430am. I am sooo sleepy! Glamming it up for Good Morning America!”
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All in the name of press. Kim and her sisters were on Good Morning America promoting their new line at Sears. It never stops for Kimmy K!
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Wedded bliss didn’t last too long for Chad Johnson and his Basketball Wivesstar spouse Evelyn Johnson. According to reports in Florida, the Miami Dolphins receiver was arrested last night (Aug. 11) and charged with domestic violence after a heated confrontation. To watch Chad Johnson’s domestic violence bond hearing, click below:
Dolphins receiver Chad Johnson was arrested Saturday on a domestic violence charge, accused of head-butting his newlywed wife during an argument in front of their home outside Miami.
Johnson and his wife, Evelyn Lozada, were at dinner and she confronted him about a receipt she had found for a box of condoms, said Davie police Capt. Dale Engle. The argument got heated and continued on the drive home, he said.
When they arrived in their driveway in Davie, the 34-year-old Johnson head-butted Lozada, she told police. Lozada, who is on the reality show, “Basketball Wives,” was treated at a hospital for a cut to her forehead, Engle said.
Johnson, who changed his last name back to Johnson from Ochocinco after his July 4 wedding to Lozada, was being held Saturday night in Broward County Jail where he will remain until he can appear before a judge, which Engle says might not be until Monday. He is charged with simple battery, domestic violence, which is a misdemeanor.
Team officials were “aware of the situation and are in the process of gathering of relevant information,” Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene said.
Johnson’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, declined to comment.
Johnson signed with the Dolphins in June, four days after he was released by New England. A six-time Pro Bowl receiver with Cincinnati, he caught only 15 passes in 15 games for the Patriots last year after they acquired him in a trade for a pair of draft picks
On Friday night in the Dolphins’ 20-7 loss to Tampa Bay in the exhibition opener, Johnson let the only pass thrown to him slip through his hands.
He was known as Ochocinco for the past four seasons. The name was a playful reference to the No. 85 he wore on his jersey.
Johnson and Lozada were prominent in the recent first episode of HBO’s “Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Miami Dolphins.”
VH1′s “Basketball Wives” is filmed in Miami and also features Shaunie O’Neal, the former wife of former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal. Lozada used to be the fiancee of NBA Boston Celtics forward, Antoine Walker.
It was 1983 the first time I knew what love meant! I was chillin in Inglewood, Cali and sitting on my momma’s porch and my cousin and I saw these in velour Puma sweatsuits walking down the block blasting some crazy music! Something we never heard before, electronic funk with a heavy 808 bass to it. It was Afrika Bambaataa and the SoulSonic Force’s “PLANET ROCK!” The cat holding the boombox, so close to his ears that it appeared to be glued to it, was like the Pied Piper walking through the neighborhood. I swear there was 30-40 neighborhood kids following this brother down to the Inglewood Recreation Center, where we were to be joined by 200+ kids who would witness the birth of hip hop in our very own neighborhood. This is when I fell in love with artists like UTFO, BIG DADDY KANE, BOOGIE DOWN PRODUCTIONS, THE JUICE CREW, ERIC B. & RAKIM, PUBLIC ENEMY, BIZ MARKIE, LL COOL J, KOOL MOE DEE, ROB BASE & EZ ROCK, etc.
It was four fingered rings, adidas sweatsuits and sneakers, high top fades, gumby’s, parachute pants, windbreakers, dookie rope chains, gazelles, diadoras, lottos, bboy stances, cassette tapes and 45′s, etc. I loved it all! Our relationship blossomed into something special…Hip Hop I loved you then and always will!