REVOLT TV EXCLUSIVE: Wale Presents “The Gifted” Documentary

THIS IS THE OFFICIAL WALE DOCUMENTARY TO COINCIDE WITH HIS NEW ALBUM “THE GIFTED” THAT WAS RELEASED JUNE 25,2013

Wale Predicted To Score First Number 1 Album Of His Career

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DMV emcee Wale may have real reason to celebrate in the coming days. Billboard is reporting that the MMG member is on pace to sell around 150,000 copies of his new album The Gifted this week. That total would be enough for the LP to land in the top spot on the album chart. It will be the first time that Wale had the number one album in the country.

Wale’s previous project Ambition opened in the number two spot in 2011 with 164,000 units sold. His debut album, Attention Deficit, only sold 28,000 copies in its debut week.

The Gifted was boosted by the Top-40 hit “Bad” which peaked at number 25 on the Hot 100 chart. The Tiara Thomas assisted single was the biggest hit of Wale’s career so far.

Billboard also points out if Wale’s The Gifted opens in the top spot, it would be the first time in two years that Hip Hop albums have been #1 on the album chart for two consecutive weeks. Kanye West’s Yeezus will be number one on this week’s chart.

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Kanye West, J. Cole, & Mac Miller Take Top 3 Spots On Album Chart

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It was a great week for Hip Hop are as far as sales go. Kanye West’s Yeezus, J. Cole’s Born Sinner, and Mac Miller’s Watching Movies with the Sound Off each surpassed over 100,000 units in sales for their debut week.

Hits Daily Double is reporting that Yeezus led the pack with 328,800 units sold. Not far behind was Born Sinner with 297,922 copies, and WMWTSO rounded out the top 3 with 101,795.

This will be Kanye’s 6th number one album. That ties him with Eminem and Nas for the second most number one albums by a rap artist. Kanye’s Watch The Throne collaborator, Jay-Z, holds the record for the rapper with the most #1′s all time with 12.

There is a good chance a Hip Hop artist could take the top spot on the album chart for the next 2 weeks as well. Maybach Music Group’s Wale just released his third album The Gifted yesterday, and the following week Jay-Z will drop Magna Carta Holy Grail, his first solo LP in four years.

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NEW CHRIS BROWN OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “DON’T THINK THEY KNOW” FEATURING THE LATE & LEGENDARY AALIYAH

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SHAWN “PUFFY” COMBS A.K.A. DIDDY INTRODUCES NEW MUSIC CHANNEL “REVOLT”

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On Wednesday (June 19), Revolt TV, the upcoming music cable network spearheaded by Sean “Diddy” Combs, took a major step forward by announcing a national distribution deal with Time Warner Cable. Combs, Revolt’s majority shareholder who will launch the venture this fall along with MTV veteran Andy Schuon, calls Revolt “the most exciting thing I’ve done in my business career” — and one that signals a decreased recording output in the near future for the rapper.

“It’s an evolution for me,” says Combs, whose last official album was the 2010 Diddy-Dirty Money project “Last Train To Paris.” “I think I will personally be putting out less music, and I’ll be going into that phase of empowering the next artists… I feel a musical and artistic responsibility to do one of the things I do best, which is framing people in the right way and marketing them in the right way. I never got the award for [being] the best lyricist, but I was definitely up there for being one of the best marketers and best coaches. I think that I’m evolving into that, and that’s just as fun, even more fun, for me.”

In February 2012, Revolt announced a partnership with Comcast — the United States’ largest cable provider with more than 22 million subscribers at the time — and a 2013 launch date for the network. The deal was part of a diversity initiative from Comcast with the goal of launching four minority-owned networks, with NBA star Magic Johnson and director Robert Rodriguez also scoring distribution deals for their projects.

The newly unveiled Time Warner partnership adds nearly 12 million current customers to Revolt’s potential viewership when the channel debuts later this year, with programs that Combs says will carry a certain “rawness” to them to complement the heavy emphasis on airing music videos.

“We will not be doing a bunch of reality shows,” says Combs, alluding to the current lack of music programming on MTV. “We’ll be doing music-driven shows that will be exposing you to the discovery and curation of new talent. We’ll also be doing in-depth interviews and shows that will go into social issues with different panels and debaters of the culture. We’ll be doing our version of a Barbara Walters/Oprah interview, but with someone from this generation, and of this generation. We’ll be going to where the pulse of music is happening, and we’ll be covering it in the way ESPN will cover a sports story, with that level of urgency and seriousness.”

Combs acknowledges that his personal affinity for music videos has colored his desire to turn Revolt into a hub for the art form; the 43-year-old says that he “can’t imagine” his life without having watched the iconic “Thriller” or “Walk This Way” clips at a young age. And although current music videos are largely constructed with minuscule budgets and digested for free on computer screens, Combs remembers the thrilling feeling of watching the bombastic, money-burning videos of the mid-90s — many of which were his own product — and believes that music fans are still craving that visual limitlessness.

“We were shooting million-dollar videos with [directors] Spike Jonze and Mark Romanek, shooting videos like ‘Victory’ and using actors like Ben Stiller in ‘Bad Boy For Life,’ and being able to be creative on a hip-hop level and appeal to the masses,” Combs recalls. “It gave me another outlet of expression as an entertainer, a key piece of the experience. Now, that key piece is missing. Now, you find a video and you may see it for the first time on your phone, and you may not see the details of it or feel the emotion of it. Every director wants to see their video on the big screen and framed in the right light.”

The launch of Revolt TV will follow a period in which Combs’ focus has swiveled away from his output as a musician: after releasing three full-lengths and a remix album between 1997 and 2002, Diddy has only issued two albums, 2006’s “Press Play” and the more experimental “Last Train To Paris,” since then. Instead, Combs has spent the past decade expanding his portfolio as an entrepreneur. His equity stake in Diageo’s Ciroc, inked in 2007, has netted the mogul over $100 million in revenue over the last six years, and helped the then-struggling vodka become a leader in its category. It’s also inspired over a dozen copycat deals in its wake (Pitbull’s Voli, Ne-Yo’s Malibu Red, Kid Rock’s stake in Jim a Beam, etc.) and prompted Diddy to dub himself “Ciroc Obama.” Add his clothing lines Sean John and Enyce, his investment in marketing firm Blue Flame, and it’s no surprise Diddy was named Forbes’ No. 1 Wealthiest Hip-Hop Artist in 2012, with earnings of $550 million.

Although details on the specific shows airing on Revolt and Combs’ involvement in each of them remain scarce, Combs wants to make it clear that he will not be the star of his latest project.

“This is not ‘The Diddy Channel,'” he says. “This is the channel for the artist, for the fans, and the new contemporary art forms… It’s going to take a long time to do it right and it’s going to be hard, but I’m up to the challenge.”

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Legend Tupac Shakur to receive posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in 2014

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Tupac Shakur is scheduled to receive a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in 2014, according to Variety. The announcement was made yesterday (June 20) by the Hollywood Walk of Fame committee chairman David Green at a ceremony where Jennifer Lopez received her star, the 2,500th star awarded.

Shakur, who recorded music as 2Pac, will be awarded his star for his recording career. After touring as a roadie and dancer for Digital Underground, he earned his first major national notoriety when he appeared on Digital Underground’s 1991 single “Same Song,” which was featured in the film Nothing But Trouble. Later that year, Shakur released his debut album, 2Pacalypse Now. The 13-cut collection featured the singles “Trapped,” which discussed police brutality, and “Brenda’s Got A Baby,” which focused on a 12-year-old girl who became pregnant after being sexually abused.

Shakur’s next album, 1993’s Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z…, included the hit singles “Keep Ya Head Up” and “I Get Around.” His third album, 1995’s Me Against The World, was released in the aftermath of his being shot in November 1994 while attending a recording session in New York and his being sentenced to prison in February 1995 for sexually abusing a fan in 1993. Me Against The World featured the single “Dear Mama,” an ode to Shakur’s mother Afeni Shakur. The collection also showcased Shakur exploring fear and paranoia in more detail than he had before, as evident on such selections as “If I Die 2Nite,” “So Many Tears” and “Death Around The Corner.” With Me Against The World, Tupac Shakur became the first artist to have an album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 while serving time in prison.

While incarcerated, Shakur was recruited by Death Row Records, which signed him to a recording contract and arranged for his release from prison. Shakur then teamed with Dr. Dre for “California Love” soon after his release from prison. The 1995 single marked his Death Row debut. Shakur’s first album for Death Row, 1996’s double disc All Eyez On Me, is one of the best-selling albums in Rap history and includes the singles “2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted” and “How Do You Want It.” Shakur was killed in September 1996 in a still-unsolved drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. He sold more than 38.5 million albums in his career, according to riaa.com.

Shakur was also an accomplished actor, having appeared in a number of high-profile films, including 1992’s Juice, which also featured Omar Epps and Samuel L. Jackson. The film featured Shakur in his breakthrough role as the troubled character Bishop. Shakur’s other notable roles included the postal worker Lucky in 1993’s Poetic Justice and corrupt police officer Det. Rodriguez in 1997’s Gang Related.

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Billboard Not Counting Jay-Z’s One Million Samsung Downloads

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Jay-Z’s Samsung deal had tongues wagging in anticipation for his new studio album “Magna Carta Holy Grail.” 1 million Samsung users could download the album for free days before it’s July 4th release.

Now, the music magazine Billboard, which is the industry standard for charts and sales, is saying “nice try.” None of the 1 millions downloads will be counted towards his total sales.The magazine’s editorial director, Bill Werde, said Billboard rejected Jay Z’s request that the Samsung promotional sales be counted toward the Billboard 200 chart because “in the context of this promotion, nothing is actually for sale.”

“The ever-visionary Jay Z pulled the nifty coup of getting paid as if he had a platinum album before one fan bought a single copy,” Werde said.

Werde said Jay Z should earn his 13th No. 1 album anyway, as “Magna Carta Holy Grail” is forecast to sell between 400,000 and 450,000 units in its first week

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50 Year Anniversary Of Civil Rights Leader Medgar Evers (June 12,1963-June 12,2013)

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JACKSON, Miss. Myrlie Evers-Williams acknowledges it would be easy to remain mired in bitterness and anger, 50 years after a sniper’s bullet made her a widow.

Instead, she’s determined to celebrate the legacy of her first husband, Medgar Evers — a civil rights figure often overshadowed by peers such as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

Events including a black-tie gala are being held this week to remember Evers, the first Mississippi field secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He was 37 when he was assassinated on June 12, 1963.

“We are cursed as human beings with this element that’s called hatred, prejudice and racism,” said Evers-Williams, now 80. “But it is my belief that, as it was Medgar’s, that there is something good and decent in each and every one of us, and we have to call on that, and we have to find a way to work together.”

Evers-Willliams, who moved back to Mississippi in 2012, is treated with reverence by strangers who recognize her these days. She recently went to downtown Jackson’s King Edward Hotel to meet reporters from The Associated Press for an interview — a hotel, she notes, that was off limits to black people decades ago. As she waited for her coffee, a white man approached to shake her hand and ask if she’d pose for a photo.

“I’ve always wanted to meet you,” said Ron Walker, former mayor of the tiny town of Taylorsville.

Evers-Williams smiled cautiously, then beamed, as Walker said he believes she and Medgar Evers had made Mississippi a better, more open society.

Evers-Williams gave the invocation at President Barack Obama’s inauguration in January, and met with the president June 5 at the White House. A ceremony of remembrance was held June 6 at Evers’ gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery, attended by former President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Eric Holder.

Myrlie Beasley and Medgar Evers met as students in 1950 at Alcorn College, a historically black school in rural southwest Mississippi. He was from Decatur, Miss., and served in the Army during World War II before becoming a star football player for the school. Nearly eight years his junior, she was a talented pianist raised by a protective grandmother in Vicksburg. The couple married in 1951.

In 1954, Evers applied to the all-white University of Mississippi Law School. After he was rejected, he sought the NAACP’s help to file a lawsuit. Instead, the organization hired him to coordinate its work in stubbornly segregationist Mississippi.

Evers spent years investigating violence against black people, including the 1955 killing of 14-year-old Emmett Till. He helped James Meredith gain admission as the first black student at the University of Mississippi in 1962. Evers pushed for black voter registration, drew young people into the civil rights movement and, in the final months of his life, led a boycott of white-owned businesses in downtown Jackson.

Evers also set a milestone on television, when on May 20, 1963, he spoke for 17 minutes on a local television station in Mississippi, appealing for equality and fairness. He was the first black man granted that right in heavily segregationist Mississippi.

Evers-Willliams said at home at the time, her TV screen would sometimes go dark when black entertainers like Sammy Davis Jr. or Lena Horne came on.

“We were blocked from seeing successful people of our own race appear anywhere. I can recall my eldest son saying to me, ‘Mommy, the television’s broken again,'” Evers-Williams told CBS News. “It was a form of suppression.”

Two weeks before his death, Evers helped coordinate a sit-in at an all-white lunch counter. That night, someone tossed a firebomb at his house. It was extinguished, but the warning clear.

Evers-Williams recalled that the night before her husband was slain, she sat with him on their couch and talked about the danger. He made her promise that if anything happened to him, she would take care of their three young children. She also vowed that if he were killed, she would seek justice and keep his memory alive.

The night he was killed, Medgar Evers stayed out late, attending a community meeting. Shortly after midnight on June 12, 1963, he arrived home. His wife and children were still awake after watching a televised speech on civil rights by President John F. Kennedy.

“And as soon as the children said, `There’s daddy,’ the shot rang out — one of the loudest and most powerful I had, and still have, ever heard. And I knew exactly what had happened,” Evers-Williams recalled.

Neighbors drove Evers to the University of Mississippi Medical Center a few miles away. Within an hour, he was dead from the shot to his back.

Evers-Williams and her children moved to California just over a year later.

“We could no longer live in our home,” she said. “The memories were just too vivid, and I could never get all of the blood up off of the concrete driveway.”

A white segregationist, Byron De La Beckwith, was tried twice for Medgar Evers’ slaying in the 1960s, but all-white juries failed to convict him. The case was re-opened in the 1990s based on new evidence, and he was convicted of murder in 1994. He was 80 when he died in prison in 2001.

Myrlie Evers-Williams remarried in 1976 to longshoreman Walter Williams, and the couple moved to Oregon in 1989. Williams died of cancer in 1995, about the time she became national chairwoman of the NAACP, a post she held until 1998. She is widely credited with putting the organization back on solid financial footing.

She had never planned to move back to Mississippi, but was drawn by an invitation to teach at her alma mater, now known as Alcorn State University.

Evers-Williams said she sees progress, such as Mississippi’s large number of black elected officials, including a congressman, and mayors of Jackson and several other cities. It’s common to see black and white people working together and socializing, though many neighborhoods are still largely one race or another.

Still, some things disturb her in Mississippi and elsewhere. Long lines to vote and voter-identification laws could limit access to the ballot, she said. When Obama was re-elected, clashes between students at the University of Mississippi were largely divided on racial lines.

What would Medgar Evers think about American society now?

“I believe he would look at the landscape of this country and realize what so many of us have said: We have made progress but there’s still so much to be done, and if we don’t guard the progress we’ve made, that too will slip away,” Evers-Williams said.

She spoke at the University of Mississippi graduation May 11, and the university gave her a humanitarian award — the third it has ever given. After the ceremony, she was attending a campus reception when James Meredith and his wife arrived.

“I ran to the door and I stood there and held my arms out,” Evers-Williams recalled with a smile. “I said to him, `You can’t come in here unless you come through me.”‘

It was an echo of long-dead segregationist governors.

“We had the biggest laugh,” Evers-Williams said. “We laughed until we cried. Here we are, 50-plus years later, and we can do that now.”

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SERENA WILLIAMS WINS 2013 FRENCH OPEN, IS SHE THE GREATEST FEMALE ATHLETE OF ALL-TIME?????

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At an age when most tennis stars are in their twilight, Serena Williams is as dominating as ever. She lost only one set in rolling through the French Open, is the reigning champion at three Grand Slams and is in the midst of a career-high 31-match winning streak.

Sports Illustrated called her the greatest women’s tennis player in history, and that was three years and one career renaissance ago. You can easily make a case that she’s the greatest American female athlete of all time. (Jackie Joyner Kersee, the one-time title holder, won three Olympic gold medals to Serena’s four.) And by the time she’s done, she’ll be on the short list of best American athletes of either gender.

Serena’s title at Roland Garros gives her 16 Grand Slams for her career, two behind Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert. She could match that total by the end of summer and will almost certainly pass both women over the final years of her career. Steffi Graf’s record of 22 is tougher, but not out of reach.

Let’s keep it conservative and say Serena gets three more majors, giving her a total of 19. Given her dominance over her era, her larger-than-life personality and a signature shot — her serve — that’s the greatest weapon the sport has ever seen, why wouldn’t Serena be on the list with Michael, Muhammad, Jack and the Babe? Discussions of the best athletes rarely include women. It’s a boy’s club. When history remembers Serena, she may break that wall.

It becomes an easy argument if she continues her roll in 2013 and wins Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, cementing her rule over the sport. But Serena Williams is nothing if not unpredictable. There’s no template for where things go from here.

For years, her father spoke of her outside interests and it felt like foreshadowing for an early retirement. Instead, Serena is in the midst of the most productive post-30 career the tennis world has ever seen.

When Serena lost in the first round at last year’s French Open, some in the tennis world began writing her career eulogy, the same thing that happens every time Roger Federer loses before a Grand Slam semifinal. But since that stunning loss, Serena has gone 73-3. And it’s not like she’s doing it against inferior competition. Serena has played the world’s second-best player, Maria Sharapova, six times in the past year and has only dropped one set. At the Olympics, Serena won their gold-medal match 6-0, 6-1. The lines set by oddsmakers at Wimbledon say she’s more likely to win than all the other 127 competitors combined.

Serena Williams isn’t slowing down, she’s getting revved up for the homestretch. Better start making some room at the top, boys.

In my personal opinion, Serena Williams is an athlete that we will never see again, and she IS the GREATEST FEMALE ATHLETE OF ALL-TIME!!!!! Let The Debate Begin……….

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MENACE 2 SOCIETY (20 YEARS LATER) 1993-2013

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1993: It’s been 20 years since Allen and Albert Hughes’ directorial debut, Menace II Society, premiered in theaters across the nation.

The urban drama wasn’t the first of its kind. Films such as Boyz ‘N The Hood and New Jack City were released a few years before that scored well with critics. However, Menace II Society managed to tell the story of South Central, Los Angeles through an honest retrospect that was eye-opening to viewers. Riddled with extreme violence, the film depicted disturbing realities of what life was like in the hood.

At this point, if you have been a fan of the film, you’ve seen it plenty of times and understood its significance in pop culture today. Rappers such as Gucci Mane, A$AP Rocky and Lil Wayne have especially taken a liking to Menace II Society, referencing famous lines and characters throughout their music. 20 years later, the film would help popularizing the gangster culture in hip-hop, as seen as in Dr. Dre’s The Chronic and Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle.

Menace II Society is considered a cult classic. It would go on to win numerous accolades, specifically landing on both Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert’s 10 best films of 1993 lists. To take a stroll down memory lane, give it another watch on the film’s biggest anniversary.

One of my favorite movies of all-time, my memory of watching this movie as an 8 year old, i remember the feeling of wondering would i suffer the same fate as some of the characters in the movie (jail or death etc.), growing up as a young black man in the ghetto/hood.

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