Those who were waiting to see Miesha Tate battle it out with Bethe Correia will have to settle for their Twitter war. Since Bethe is injured so Tate’s new opponent will be Sara McMann.
This weeks match of the week comes from one of the biggest matches in Wrestlemania History. Hulk Hogan vs The Ultimate Warrior at Wrestlemania 6. It was the first time that two Face characters headlined a huge event and it changed the course of wrestling as in the past most all storylines were Heel vs. Face. Enjoy
Starting today I will be selecting a match of the week, and this weeks match I caught on the WWE Network on Main Event. It was Tyson Kidd vs Sami Zayn. This was an incredible technical match. These two are super talented athletes this match was pay per view worthy. Hope you enjoy.
GONE TOO SOON…HIP HOP ARTISTS WHO LEFT US BEFORE THEIR TIME
By Tiffany LaShonda Riley
It’s a brand new year , 2014! We already know it’s gonna be another year for hot, anticipated hip hop albums and upcoming artists trying to make their mark in the music world. But sadly, we also know it’s going to be another year that we lose more talented hip hop artists due to violence.
On January 14, 2014, William Fernando Barnes a.k.a DJ Nando (pictured above) was shot in the head in front of his house in Atlanta, GA. His girlfriend Shonte’ Renee ran outside and found him laying in their driveway barely breathing. Shonte’ called 911 and cradled Nando in her arms until he took his last breath. There was a $10,000 reward offered for information leading to the arrest of his murderer.
DJ Nando was very popular in Atlanta, GA. He helped launch the successful music careers of Young Jeezy, Rocko, Future, Migos, Cash Out, and 2 Chainz. DJ Nando was also part of a music clique known as The Coalition DJs. These DJs would help upcoming artists by playing their music in local strip clubs. He was 38 years old.
Just a few weeks prior on December 28, 2013, Glenn Thomas a.k.a DOE-B (pictured above), was shot along with seven others at The Centennial Bar & Grill in Montgomery, AL. He was transported to the local hospital where he later died. DOE-B was a young 22 year old signed to rapper T.I’s label Grand Hustle. He had two mixtape albums, Trap Life (2012) and Baby Jesus (2013). DOE-B also participated on the G.D.O.D (Get Dough Or Die) compilation album in 2013.
Hip Hop artists losing their lives due to violence seems to be an ongoing vicious cycle that can’t be broken. These artists got into the music game mainly because they had a story to tell. Some of these artists that I will be talking about also wanted to show off their craft.
If these artists were still alive, I’m sure many of us would ask the question, “WHERE WOULD HIP HOP BE TODAY?” These artists were very passionate about their work and had a deep level of respect and love for hip hop culture. The next two artists that I will be talking about were, to me, lyrical geniuses. Their untimely deaths have left a void in the hip hop community ………
TUPAC SHAKUR & THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G.
Tupac and Biggie were two successful artists in hip hop and at one point good friends. Later on they became enemies when Tupac was shot four times at Quad Recording Studios in Manhattan, NY in 1994. Tupac accused Biggie of knowing who shot him. Biggie denied the claims and said he had no knowledge of what happened to Tupac. Their feud led to the big EAST COAST vs. WEST COAST rivalry . They would both later have an unfortunate violent end of their lives.
Tupac Amaru Shakur a.k.a 2PAC was a west coast rapper/actor signed to Death Row Records. On September 7, 1996, he was shot fives times in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, NV. Tupac had a dispute earlier that evening at MGM Grand with crip gang member Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson over a necklace. He was transported to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada. Six days later on September 13, 1996 while still in the hospital, Tupac passed away. He was 25 years old.
His death sent shockwaves throughout the hip hop community. Everyone couldn’t believe that a man so gifted and talented was gone. Tupac left behind a music catalog out of this world! His two major hits were “Dear Mama”(Me Against The World album) and “California Love” (All Eyez On Me album). In addition to his six studios albums that he released before his death, Tupac has had seven posthumous albums of unreleased songs. Tupac’s “All Eyez On Me” album is the best selling hip hop album of all time. Tupac is also ranked number two on MTV’s Greatest MC’s of All Time. Biggie was still in disbelief that Tupac was gone. He said in a Rap City Interview on February 24, 1997, “I thought Tupac was going to recover from being shot again and then write some more songs about surviving. But when he passed I was like WHOA!…I don’t wish that on nobody cause there ain’t no coming back from that.” 13 days later, Biggie would meet his own demise.
On March 9, 1997, 24 year old Christopher Wallace a.k.a Biggie Smalls (pictured above) was sitting in a GMC Suburban SUV when he was shot four times in a drive-by shooting. He was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. He had later died in the hospital. Biggie was killed almost six months after Tupac Shakur’s death. Both murders remain unsolved.
Biggie had one studio album before his death. His first album “Ready To Die” was released in 1994 and was a major hit in hip hop. Three hit songs from the album were “Juicy”, “Big Poppa”, and “One More Chance”. Two weeks after he passed away, his second album “Life After Death” was released. Biggie was signed to Sean “Diddy” Combs’ record label Bad Boy. Biggie was ranked at number three on MTV’S Greatest MC’s Of All Time list. Since his death, there have been three posthumous albums released.
Ever since we lost these two very talented men, you would think the violence would cease. The question that I always ask is “What can be done so that this will never happen again?” I’m still waiting on the answer to that question. In 1999 , the hip hop community once again suffered back to back losses due to violence.
Lamont Coleman a.k.a. BIG L (pictured above) was a rap artist making a lot of noise on the underground hip hop scene. He released his debut studio album “Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous” in 1995. Three years later, he released a single called “Ebonics” that caught the eye of Damon Dash (Former CEO of Roc-A-Fella records). Damon offered BIG L a recording contract with Roc-A-Fella records. BIG L agreed to join the record label but would never get the chance to sign his contract.
On February 15, 1999 , BIG L was shot nine times in a drive-by shooting in Harlem, NY. He was pronounced dead at the scene by EMT personnel. BIG L had two brothers that were incarcerated at the time of his death. It is assumed that the shooting was a retaliation for something they had done. He was only 24 years old. BIG L’s second studio album “The Big Picture” was released on August 1, 2000. Since his death, BIG L has had four posthumous albums released. His murder remains unsolved.
Some people compared BIG L’s death to Tupac and Biggie’s. The three of them were very talented rappers who had a passion for hip hop but did not live to see the age of 30. A month later, it would be another one to add to the list.
Lost Boyz member Raymond Rodgers a.k.a. Freaky Tah (pictured above) was shot and killed on March 28, 1999. Tah was leaving the Sheraton Hotel in Queens, NY on his way to a friend’s birthday party when he was shot in the back of the head. Freaky Tah was known for being the “hype man” for the Lost Boys. He was just 27 years old.
We began the 2000s, and to me, hip hop was going through a “rebuilding” stage. What I mean by that is it seemed like people were looking for something or someone to lead hip hop in the right direction. In 2002 the hip hop community suffered a MAJOR LOSS!!! THE LOSS OF A LEGEND………
JAM MASTER JAY
JAM MASTER JAY, the name itself speaks volumes. Jam Master Jay, whose real name is Jason William Mizell (pictured above), was the DJ and co-founder of the legendary group RUN-DMC. RUN-DMC was a big hip hop group back in the 1980s. They received credit for breaking hip hop into mainstream music with their major hit “Walk This Way” featuring rock band Aerosmith. Jam Master Jay was so good at working the turntables on classic guitar records that SPIN magazine ranked him at number 10 on the “100 Greatest Guitarist Of All Time” list. Jam Master Jay went on to create his own record label, Jam Master Jay records.
On October 30, 2002, Jam Master Jay was in his recording studio in Jamaica, Queens, NY working on music. Two men broke into the studio and started shooting. Jam Master Jay was shot once in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Word got out about his death and everyone was shocked and in disbelief. His murder remains unsolved. He was 37 years old.
Over a year later on November 26, 2003, 26 year old James Adarryl Tapp, Jr a.k.a Soulja Slim was shot four times in front of his mother’s house in a drive-by shooting in New Orleans, LA. Soulja Slim was once signed to Master P’s No Limit Records. He had two albums, “Give It 2 ‘Em Raw” (1998) and “Streets Made Me” (2001).
Soulja Slim went on to create his own record label, Cut Throat Committee, and released two albums. He had a number 1 hit song with Juvenile titled “Slow Motion”. His murder remains unsolved.
On November 1, 2004, 34 year old Andre Louis Hicks a.k.a Mac Dre (pictured above) was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in Kansas City, MO. Mac Dre performed at a local concert venue the night before. He was a very popular underground rapper from Oakland, California who worked with artists E-40, B-Legit, and Too Short. His murder remains unsolved.
DeShaun Dupree Holton a.k.a PROOF (pictured above) was a member of the rap group D12, and a real close friend of rapper Eminem. On April 11, 2006, PROOF got into an altercation with Keith Bender over a game of pool at The CCC club in Detroit, MI. Club bouncer Mario Etheridge went over to the pool table where the two men were engaged in a heated argument.
Mario fired two shots in the air to get PROOF and Keith’s attention. PROOF reached for his gun and shot back. Mario exchanged gunfire shooting PROOF four times (twice in the head and twice in the back). He died at the scene. He was 32 years old.
Mario Hamilton a.k.a Slim Dunkin was an up and coming rapper with a promising career from Atlanta, GA. He was a member of Brick Squad Monopoly and was a close friend of rapper Waka Flocka Flame. On December 16, 2011, Slim Dunkin got into an altercation with Vinson Hardimon a.k.a Yung Vito at a recording studio in Atlanta.
The two were arguing over a piece of candy. Slim and Vito got into a physical fight . Vito pulled a gun out and shot Slim once in the chest. Slim was rushed to Grady Hospital but was later pronounced dead. He was 24 years old
Yung Vito was arrested for his murder. He went to trial, and on February 26, 2013 was found not guilty of murder. Instead he was found guilty of aggravated assault and possession of a deadly weapon. Yung Vito is currently serving a sentence of 25 years to life.
So what would hip hop be today if these men were still alive? All 11 of them made contributions to hip hop music. I believe some of their deaths could have been prevented. With some, pride got in the way of being able to co-exist, while others were based on the lifestyle that they lived. Either way it goes to show that their presence and love for hip hop will forever be missed.
What’s the new trend for 2014…?
By Tiffany L. Riley
Okay….now that I have your undivided attention, you’re probably wondering what a “Baby Breaker” is. A baby breaker is a man who has an outside child on his girlfriend/wife while they’re on a so-called “break” (yes, married people take breaks too y’all). Even though this has been going on for years, we have two celebrity men to thank for making this popular enough to catch social media’s eye. Let’s give these men a round of applause!!!!
DWYANE WADE LUDACRIS
*Making millions as an NBA *What you see is what you get.
player and dressing like this. Please don’t think too hard on that!
A HOT MESS!!!!
Dwyane Wade and his girlfriend, actress Gabrielle Union, recently got engaged. The two had a brief “break” in their relationship and reconciled a few months later. Gabrielle posted a picture of her ring via Instagram and said she accepted Dwyane’s proposal.
Everyone was pretty much like ‘Yeah congrats Dwyane and Gabby’, but a few days later, the news came out that he fathered a baby six weeks prior and it wasn’t by his new fiancé’ Gabrielle. So the BIG question that everyone was asking: Who is the mystery woman??
Aja Metoyer Dwyane and Gabrielle
THE JUMP OFF!!!!
Aja Metoyer says she is not just Dwyane Wade’s baby mama and that she has been with him for 9 years. Say what now?! Wait a minute, let’s figure this equation out: Gabrielle + Dwyane = 4 years together.
So Gabby’s been the side chick all along? Well technically yes, but not to Ms Aja. In case y’all forgot, let me refresh your memory:
Dwyane had a wife named Siohvaughn (pictured above); they were married in 2002 and were together for 8 years. They got divorced in 2010, but Dwyane and Gabrielle started dating while he was still married to Siohvaughn. So Aja saying that she’s been with Dwyane for 9 years just means she has been a side chick longer than Gabby.
Gabrielle Union recently had an interview with Glamour Magazine and stated that she felt it was her fault that Dwyane had a child outside of their relationship. Gabrielle said, “The reason we took a break was because of me basically putting my career first before him.” She also said that if she had to choose Dwyane would come first before her career. Yep…SHE’S A DAMN FOOL!!
Meanwhile, Aja Metoyer decided to write an open letter to Gabrielle Union. In the letter, she describes how she has been in Dwyane and Gabrielle’s bedroom, and also tells Gabrielle that Dwyane just wanted a lot of attention. What kind of man is this acting like a two year old?? Gabrielle is a very successful and beautiful woman. It’s a shame that she is putting up all with this drama. If the situation was reversed and she had a child with another man, Dwyane would not be with Gabrielle. In my opinion, he should not get a pass just because he’s a wealthy basketball player.
NOW ON TO THE NEXT BABY BREAKER!
Ludacris and his girlfriend Eudoxie (pictured below) have been together for 4 years. Ludacris is a rapper/actor from Atlanta. He owns his record label, Disturbing Tha Peace, and has been part of the Fast & Furious franchise; Eudoxie is a medical student.
The two took a break from their relationship early in 2013 but got back together a few months later. Right after Dwyane Wade’s love child with Aja Metoyer was discovered, Ludacris had his own secret that was ready to be unveiled: He also had a child outside of his relationship with Eudoxie. WHAT?! NOT AGAIN!! So who is this woman that Ludacris fathered a child with????
THE JUMP OFF!!!!
This situation is very interesting. Ludacris and Tamika have known each other since high school. Through the years, Ludacris and Tamika dated each other on and off way before Eudoxie came into the picture. Now Ludacris claims that he and Eudoxie were broken up when he had a “fling” with Tamika, but Tamika has a different story. She claims that Ludacris was still with Eudoxie when they began messing around again. Eudoxie says she is devastated by this situation, but she plans on sticking by her man and hopes they still get married one day.
All I can say is it must be a shortage of men out here….
This Week On This Side Of The River By CC Lovechild
This is your cousin CC Lovechild coming live from the other side of 70 highway letting you know what’s poppin on this side of the river. If you enjoy or don’t enjoy my posts or want more information on what you see, hit me up @ firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter me @cclovechild
TO HAVE, TO HOLD, TO COMPROMISE
THE INSTITUTION OF MARRIAGE IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY
BY Sylvia TruGem Warren Woods
Statistically, marriage has become less common among African Americans. According to the U.S. Census, African American households are the least likely to contain a married couple, compared to other racial/ethnic groups. Marriage appears to contribute greatly to the economic well-being of African-American families. During the last decades, the rates of marriage in the black community have declined while the rates of divorce, separation, cohabitation, out-of-wedlock births, and children residing in female-headed households have increased (http://www.healthymarriageinfo.org.) With that, more than ever, America needs the Black family. So what happened? There are many factors to consider obviously but I’ll speak on one issue; longevity.
Our parents, grandparents and great grandparents knew what it was like to stick it out. If they were having problems, it was nobody’s business but their own. If they no longer loved each other, they saved face by acting normal yet slept in separate beds. If there were any indiscretions it was hushed and not flashed around town. Were the methods they used effective? Yes. Some methods of course weren’t ideal, but were still effective and ultimately saved the family. Today, sticking it out and making it work seems to be a past time in the Black community. The words “I do” should possess permanent power. Those words were not taken lightly then and shouldn’t be taken lightly now with what seems to be a combination of a self and societal annihilation of the Black family. Traditional vows are widely held and highly respected by many, including myself, however I do believe the willingness to compromise should be a part of a tradition the Black family seems to have lost in the ruins over the years.
A marriage is sure to fail without compromise. Can compromise take place when two people aren’t happy and neither are willing to find out why? Not likely. Can compromise take place when one person feels they are always right and the other is always wrong? Won’t happen. Can compromise take place when one person’s flesh begins to cloud their judgment on what’s best for the family? Not ever. Can compromise take place between two people who haven’t a clue how to not only suffer but also accept the trials and tribulations that seem to go hand in hand in marriage? Not likely.
Love is equally important in a marriage but even it is not possible without the willingness to brave the waves, walk over coal, take a few punches and sustain a few setbacks all with the willingness to repeatedly take one for the team.
Compromise, stronger than love.
Sylvia TruGem Warren Woods
BEHIND THE WALLS
By Sylvia TruGem Warren Woods
Back in the day, my parents would round us kids up with the cooler, the blankets and the mosquito repellant and drive down what seemed like a long highway, all to get that funny feeling in our stomachs on site of that eggshell colored roller coaster peeking from behind tall lush green trees. The Screaming Eagle, the roller coaster I never rode as a kid because I was too scary, stood like a monument across the highway. My parents didn’t have a lot of money and Six Flags was expensive, just like today, but we didn’t know that and their pockets hardly felt it because they planned ahead. We’d ride a few rides then come out to the van, slide the doors back, lay the blankets out, position the cooler in the middle of us all and dig in. My father could make a sub sandwich like nobody’s business! This was their answer to fun without the costs. Family time is important and does not require a huge bank account. Today, we are all exposed to an overload of social media. We’ll sit in the house and Candy Crush all day, kill a few mob bosses in Mob Wars or tweet our every stagnant move while the kids entertain themselves. We know how to do that very well but let’s try something different.
Besides the fact that spending time brings families closer, did you know the amount of time a child spends with family doing constructive and engaging activities affects his or her spiritual and emotional health? Pull the kids from in front of the television, off the X-box, off their tablets and out of the house! Entertain them with events going on in St. Louis each and every weekend for FREE. Don’t forget your cooler! Get creative by making bag lunches, packing fruit, animal crackers, Lunchables and water. We can never be too busy to save money. Remember, when kids are running around playing and having fun, as parents we almost have to remind them to eat so no need to go overboard!
Below is a list of some of the attractions in St. Louis you can enjoy with the kids for FREE:
St. Louis Zoo (get there early so you can get a FREE parking spot)
St. Louis Science Center
St. Louis Art Museum (probably not ideal for small children)
The Missouri History Museum (probably not ideal for small children)
World Bird Sanctuary
Google these places for specifics like hours of operations, rules and regulations but most importantly HAVE FUN!
Sylvia TruGem Warren Woods
So, welcome to my special little corner of the Society. This is where I’ll ‘Sound Off’ about what you should be jamming down your ear canals…’cause , well, you can’t put just anything in there(hint: step awaaaaay from the cotton swabs).
I’ll be covering anything from country, to hip hop, to R&B, to folk artists/albums….mainly, ‘cause that’s how I roll …and also, because my intent is to potentially broaden your horizons and turn you on and UP. It’s not about me, it’s about giving you multiple eargasms…#hashtagSELFLESS 😉
And the first cowboy, I’m gonna saddle up for this rodeo iiiiis:
Who Dat, Harpo? Prince EA
Hailin’ From: St. Louis, MO
What’s to like: This guy’s motto is, “I Make‘Smart’ Cool.” What’s NOT to love about that? Plus, lyrically, the kid is sick. I mean, he’s actually GOT. THINGS.TO. SAY.
I remember, years ago, happening onto one of his many Youtube videos for the first time and being blown away—and he’s only gotten better over the years. As with many of my favorite underground musicians, I wish I could hear his brand of music on the radio…but in order for that to happen, he’d most likely have to sign with a record label, and from what I’ve seen with other artists, they almost always lose themselves to the industry. He’s too good to lose. But you don’t have to take MY word for it …the man’s talent speaks for itself. Here are just a few of my favorites:
I KNOW WHO KILLED HIPHOP
PRINCE EA HOT 104.1 FREESTYLE
Want More? Hit the links.
Are These Our Legends?
A week ago, I saw a living legend. For the second time.In less than a year.
I figure, there aren’t a lot of them left, I’ve got to soak it all in, while I can.
Lots of days I sit at home, content to spin BB King albums on my old RCA …but the only thing better than a vinyl, is the real thing. And so, I traveled to a not so distant city to see the “king of blues.”
The man is 88 years old and still touring. Think about that for a minute. I don’t know his financial situation, but I doubt at this point, he does it for any other reason than the love of his craft.—not the love of money, which so many of our artists today, seem to be driven by.
Watching him up on that stage, sitting, singing and playing with slightly less energy than I imagine he had in his younger days, but just as much passion –it got me thinking. WHO WILL OUR LEGENDS BE?
- Baby let me put your panties to the side
I’ma make you feel alright
‘Cause I’ma give you what you need, yeah
Mamí you remind me of something
I don’t know what it is
You remind me of something
You gotta show me
–Kid Ink ft. Chris Brown, “Show Me”
- I said that I’ma ride for my motherf*ckinghittas,
Most likely I’ma die with my finger on the trigger
I been grinding outside, all day with my hittas
And I ain’t going in, unless I’m with my hittas
My hittas, my hittas
My hittas, my hittas
My hittas, my hittas
My hittas, my hittas
–YG, “My Hitta”
- Don’t want a good girl
Naw hoes is his choice
D*ck on H
Pu**y on W
Mouth on open
A**on smother you
A** on the cover too, Elle Magazine
Vroom vroomvroom get gasoline
Could I be your wife
Naw we could bang though
I got these n**gas whipped
Call me Django
–Chris Brown ft. Nicki Minaj, “Love More”
Those are lyrics from some of the current top-charting songs on Billboard’s Hip-Hop and R&B 2014 Charts.
So, again, I ask –Are these our legends?