Saturday, October 31, 2009

NEW VIDEO FIX: JAY-Z'S "EMPIRE STATE OF MIND" FEAT. ALICIA KEYS & GHOSTFACE'S "BABY" FEAT. RAHEEM DEVAUGHN

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Check out new videos below from Jay-Z, Empire State of Mind featuring Alicia Keys and Ghostface, Baby featuring Raheem Devaughn.








Empire State of Mind: I like the concept of the video, but I was expecting the video to be high energy. Put it this way, that song knocks so HARD in my car (it has been on HEAVY rotation in my car for the past month, (e.g. I play the song INCESSANTLY that now the CD skips)), that once when I was driving and blasting the song so loudly while simultaneously singing the song just as loudly, that the Officer Ross (the cops) pulled me over...NO LIE...lol!


 Baby: I REALLY like the video. Maybe I'm bias, but you put Ghostface in a video and it's usually a winner in my book...*mimicking Jay* "just my thoughts man...just what I was feeling at the time." Question: Raheem, you're a sanger (e.g. you can really blow), you don't need that WACKA$$ autotune sh*t. In my opinion, it messes up the flow of the song.

Friday, October 30, 2009

IT WAS ALL GOOD JUST A WEEK AGO EDITION: BEANIE SIGEL DISSES JAY-Z WITH "AVERAGE CAT"





Now I took my precious time transcribing the lyrics (literally lost sleep…me tired!), so if you re-post these lyrics please credit the source…which would be MOI!
This aint no diss record, this a real record
How it feel to get exposed, don’t you feel naked
I was the fly on the wall

The sh*t I witness
I could say shit that make B look at you different
And my gangster was never on trial, but I was,
Stood up tall, no snitching
But the rapper Shawn called the police on me,
Cause I was front row at the Blue Print 3
Sheesh!
I just wanted to see him MC
And reminisce when we was the R-O-C
But he called the C-O-Ps (*mimicking Gucci mane* WELL DAMN!)

Not only that he brought in the F-E-Ds (Dag Jay, say it ain’t so!)
So that’s telling me F- U-Si
So F-U too
And F Bleek three
Beanie's ranting after the song goes a little something like this...
See I think I held my tongue long enough… about this whole Roca-a-fella situation…I brought the street cred to that…I fought all them battles me…that’s who…Jadakiss, Nas, Dipset…

This ain’t about a dollar or me hating on you cuz…cause I never asked you for a dollar


When I came home from jail doing my year and a day and you ain’t never come ONE DAY (Beans seems to be pretty hot about this particular occurrence...his voice is cracking and it's giving me just a hint of tears forming in the upper corner of Beans eyes) to see me… not one picture day…a letter


You even asked me did I want some money and I told you I don’t want your money…but you was in a position to make me get my own money…


How Tupac say…”I ain’t mad at cha.”


And don’t get it phucked up, this aint a green light for everybody to start making a diss Jay-Z record..Nah I still got love for a n****…I got a knot in my chest that need to get unloosened…when you got love for motherphucker it don’t go away that easy…many people going to walk in and out of your life but only real friends leave footprints on your heart dawg but I think yours is fading in the sand…”
Listen to Beanie's "Average Cat" Diss to Jay-Z HERE!


Dag Jay, what happened to ...If every nigga in your clique is rich your clique is rugged. Nobody would fall cause everyone would be each others crutches..."


Incidents like what the Broad Street Bully is alleging in this song regarding Jay is one of the primary reasons why I could NEVER be a Jay-Z stan because there have been FAR TOO MANY claims of disloyalty against Jay-Z by people some may call disgruntle ex-employees and who others feel were loyal soldiers in Jay's army.


Is it just me or does Jay just seems to have a long history/pattern of literally being “on to the next one” when it comes to person(s) who either help him get put on (Jaz-O, DeHaven, Dame/Biggs and Foxy, just to name a few) or to person(s) in his Roc-a-fella camp who helped defend the "Roc" when everybody and they grandmamma was firing shots at the Roc (Peedi Crack, Tru-Life, Amil, and NOW… Beanie Siegel).


You know what they say, where there is smoke…

I LOVE THE FOOLISHNESS!: ANNUAL PRE-HALLOWEEN DRAG QUEEN RACE IN DC!

Run girls, RUNNNNN!

Haaa!

Yaaasss!!!

I can't and I won't!

The annual Drag Queen Heel Race took place this past Tuesday, October 27, 2009 in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. and the race was BEYOND entertaining to say the least!

Your girl Roxxanne Roxxanne loves you Chicks and Dicks somethin' terrible because I risked life and limb for you guys the other night in the rain (Translation: my fresh press out was ruined because my edges and roots got all wet and sweated out trying to take as many pictures as I could you guys in the rain.), so enjoy!

The Drag Queen Heel Race is traditionally held the Tuesday before Halloween. The annual event features drag queens decked out in elaborate costumes as they race up 17th Street in Northwest, DC. 

The race always attracts a large crowd eager to cheer them on and this past Tuesday was no different, despite the rain.

Enjoy the ALL the pictures Chicks and Dicks, and have a safe and happy Halloween!


You took the words right out of my mouth!

The hair on "her" chest looks like taco meat!
Check out MORE pictures, after the break!

J.O.S.E EDITION: SHYNE DEPORTED BACK TO BELIZE



 



Shyne stops by the Princess Royal Youth Hostel to speak to troubled youths, right after exiting the airport


According to Billboard.com, the rapper known as Shyne (he latered changed his name to Michael Leviy, born Jamal Barrow) has been deported back to Belize, his birth place.

As we previously reported earlier this month, Shyne was released from prison after serving roughly 8 ½ years in prision for a conviction stemming from a nightclub shooting in December 1999.
After being detained for almost four weeks by immigration officials following his incarceration for close to nine years for his involvement in a 1999 club shooting in New York, rapper Jamal "Shyne" Barrow is now a free man.


Barrow landed at about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday (Oct. 28) afternoon, and was greeted at the Phillip Goldson International Airport's VIP section by his father, Hon. Dean Barrow; uncle Hon. Michael Finnegan; brother Anwar Barrow; his grandmother; other family members and a slew of media and paparazzi, according to Belize newspaper The Guardian. Also there to welcome him were friends from New York City, who had taken the trip solely for the occasion.

"Shyne did not speak to the media based on the advice of his attorney, Prof. Ogletree, who believes that public statement may prejudice his ongoing case with the United States' immigration officials," said his uncle, Hon. Michael Finnegan, on his behalf, during a short press conference, reports the paper. "Prof. Ogletree is scheduled to arrive in Belize on Saturday, October, 31, and at that time he will be accompanied by Shyne as he speaks to the media."

The paper also reports that Barrow, who is fighting to return to the United States and plans on continuing his entertainment career, stopped at the Princess Royal Youth Hostel, where he spoke to troubled youths, right after exiting the airport.

On December 27, 1999, three people were shot inside Club New York, a midtown Manhattan nightclub. After authorities chased a sport utility vehicle that raced through red traffic lights, they found Bad Boy labelhead Sean "Diddy" Combs -- the label Shyne was signed to -- Combs' then girlfriend, singer/actress Jennifer Lopez, bodyguard Anthony "Wolf" Jones and chauffeur Wardell Fenderson.

A 9mm pistol was discovered in the car which resulted in all the passengers in the car being arrested.

Shyne was charged for attempted murder, assault, criminal use and possession of a firearm and reckless endangerment. All accused were acquitted of their charges except Shyne. He was acquitted of attempted murder and one count of assault but was found guilty of all other charges. On March 16, 2001, he was sentenced to ten years in prison, while Combs, who stood trial, was acquitted of all charges.

Barrow was most recently signed to Def Jam records, after splitting from Bad Boy in the aftermath of the incident.
Hold your head Shyne! If it’s meant to be, you’ll be back in the States making music for the masses in due time.

ALBUM SALES: WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 25, 2009



Posted by: Roxxanne Roxxanne


According to Billboard.com, the TheTwilight “Saga: New Moon" soundtrack (various artists) album claimed the top Billboard 200 chart spot this week. The albums list below include some of the top rank albums for the week ending October 25, 2009.


No. 1 The Twilight “Saga: New Moon" debuts with 153,000 sold copies.


No. 2 Tim McGraw's "Southern Voice," sold 137,000 copies.


No. 3 Michael Buble's "Crazy Love" sold 102,000 copies.


No. 4 Jay-Z's "The Blueprint 3" sold 43,000 copies bringing his total sales to 1,159,300 albums sold.


No. 5 Miley Cyrus' "The Time Of Our Lives" sold 39,000 copies.


No. 6 the Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D." sold 35,000 copies bringing their total to 1,269,800 albums sold.


No. 7 Taylor Swift's "Fearless" is also a non-mover at sold 34,000 copies.


No. 8 Owl City's "Ocean Eyes," sold 28,000 copies.


No. 9 Barbra Streisand's "Love Is the Answer," sold 28,000 copies.


No. 10 Joss Stone's "Colour Me Free"sold 27,000 copies.


No. 13 Rammstein’s "Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da" sold 22,000 copies.


No. 14 Mariah Carey's "Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel" sold 21,100. bringing her total to 275,400 album sold.


No. 20 Whitney Houston's "I Look To You" sold 19,000 bringing her total sales to750,300 albums sold.


No. 23 Drake "So Far Gone" sold 17,300 copies bringing his total sales to 197,300 albums sold.


No. 37 Trey Songz "Ready" sold 12,300 copies bringing his total sales to 282,900 albums sold.


No. 40 Mario's "D.N.A." sold 11,600 copies bringing his total to 43,400 albums sold.


No. 44 Maxwell's "Black Summer's Night" sold 11,200 bringing his total sales to 836,900 albums sold.


No. 111 Slaughterhouse's Royce Da 5'9 "Street Hop," debuted with 4,600 copies sold.


No. 129 R&B singer Melanie Fiona's "Bridge" debuted with 4,200 copies sold.


No. 170 Tina Turner's "Tina Live" sold 2,800 copies.


No. 176 Michael Jackson’s "Remix Suites 5" compilation debuted with 2,800 copies sold.


Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Oct. 25) totaled 5.73 million units, down 2% compared to the sum last week (5.84 million) and down 19% compared to the same sales week of 2008 (7.07 million). Year to date album sales stand at 281.2 million, down 14% compared to the same total at this point last year (325.4 million).


As previously reported, next weeks Hot Shot Debut on the Billboard 200 will likely be Michael Jackson's "This Is It," the companion set to the documentary film of the same name. Industry prognosticators suggest that "This Is It" -- which was released on Monday (Oct. 26) -- could shift 300,000 copies by week' end on Sunday (Nov. 1) night.




Pictures and chart listing are courtesty of Billboard and Sohh

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

IT'S A CELEBRATION B*TCHES!: "DA H.U.S.L." CELEBRATES IT'S 140TH ANNIVERSARY



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Last Saturday, October, 24, 2009, the illustrious Howard University School of Law (fondly referred to as “Da H.U.S.L.”, pronounced “the hustle” for more reason than one – as they say “we stay on our HUSL!”) held its 140th Anniversary Gala at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.




The award-winning actor, Laurence Fishburne was the event’s honorary chairman. Fishburne played the role of Howard law alumnus and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in the Broadway production of "THURGOOD."


NAACP Attorneys George E. C. Hayes, Thurgood Marshall and James Nabrit, Jr.


H.U.S.L. was established in 1869 and is widely recognized as the home of the brainchild behind Brown v. The Board of Education, the landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court, which overturned earlier rulings of Plessy v. Ferguson, by declaring that state laws that established separate public schools for black and white students denied black children equal educational opportunities.


Charles Hamilton Houston

Charles Hamilton Houston was a key player in spear-heading litigation that purposefully birth Brown v. The Board of Education movement. Houston, a Washington D.C. native, served in World War I. After returning from the war he entered Harvard Law School and was member of the prestigious Harvard Law Review.


Houston went on to teach the likes of Thurgood Marshall (first African-American United States Supreme Court Justice—and in my opinion the ONLY African-American Supreme Court Justice, e.g. Clarence don’t count!) at H.U.S.L. and later became, Dean of the University.


Thurgood Marshall, Donald Murray and Charles H. Houston
Houston together with a select group of mostly Howard lawyers, including Thurgood Marshall, and working through the NAACP and later the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, created a number of precedents that ultimately led to the dismantling of de jure discrimination after Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, four years after his death.


Fun Facts About Da H.U.S.L.

The law school was started as a night school in 1869 and only became a full time day school in 1928.


Class of 1903


Charlotte Ray


Charlotte Ray, class of 1872, was the first woman to graduate from the law school and was also the first woman admitted to the D.C. Bar.


Thurgood Marshall during Brown v. The Board of Education litigation


Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American U.S. Supreme Court Justice graduated from H.U.S.L. in 1933.


The law school has produced three mayors of Washington, D.C.: Walter Washington ’48, Sharon Pratt Kelly ’68 and Adrian Fenty ’96.


The current dean of H.U.S.L., Kurt L. Schmoke, was mayor of Baltimore from 1987 until 1999.


Some Notable Alum of H.U.S.L.

Charlotte E. Ray, first African American female lawyer

Thurgood Marshall, first African American United States Supreme Court Justice

Roland Burris, United States Senate

Adrian Fenty, Mayor of Washington, D.C.



Vernon E. Jordan Jr., former president of the National Urban League


 Sharon Pratt Kelly, Mayor of Washington, D.C.

I KNOW WE'RE LATE...SO SUE ME!: HOWARD HOMECOMING 2009 RECAP

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Howard's Homecoming went down in Washington, D.C. this past weekend and it MOST DEFINITELY was the place to be!


I had the pleasure of attending the "Forever Young" party hosted by Kenny Burns and organized by Matt Middleton, Tiffany Rose and Kamal Harris. As Borat would say, "very, very nice!"



Kenny Burns     
                                            
Howard University Main Campus Annual Yardfest


Producer 9th Wonder and Wale


Fabolous


The Clipse


Malice


Lifestyle Specialist Kenny Burns, Wale and Pusha T


Raheem Devaughn


Kenny and rapper K-Beta


The Fellas


Rapper XO


Tre from UCB/Wale hypeman (he sings on Wale's "Pretty Girls")

Rapper XO


Rapper Phil Ade




Howard Homecoming Parties/Performances


Drake and clubowner Marc Barnes


Trey Songz


Wale


D. Woods


Wesley Jonathan


Big Tigger and Brian McKnight


Antwon Tanner and Keith Robinson


Ed Lover


Mad Skillz


Clinton Portis

A special thanks goes out to Kenny Burns, Richard "Ricky" Parker, Shana Bailey, and the good people over at DC's "All the Parties," for supplying us with photos. 'PRECIATE YA!

J.O.S.E.RS OF THE SEASON: THE SWINE FLU


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As I previously reported back in August, the Swine Flu or the H1N1 as some of you like to call it, is really trying to j.o.s.e (jealous ones still envy, e.g. hate) on the public. Whaddup wit dat?

According to CNN,
Washington (CNN) -- President Obama has declared a national emergency to deal with the "rapid increase in illness" from the H1N1 influenza virus.

"The 2009 H1N1 pandemic continues to evolve. The rates of illness continue to rise rapidly within many communities across the nation, and the potential exists for the pandemic to overburden health care resources in some localities," Obama said in a statement.

"Thus, in recognition of the continuing progression of the pandemic, and in further preparation as a nation, we are taking additional steps to facilitate our response."
The president signed the declaration late Friday and announced it Saturday.

Calling the emergency declaration "an important tool in our kit going forward," one administration official called Obama's action a "proactive measure that's not in response to any new development."

Another administration official said the move is "not tied to the current case count" and "gives the federal government more power to help states" by lifting bureaucratic requirements -- both in treating patients and moving equipment to where it's most needed.The officials didn't want their names used because they were not authorized to speak on the record.
Obama's action allows Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius "to temporarily waive or modify certain requirements" to help health care facilities enact emergency plans to deal with the pandemic.
Those requirements are contained in Medicare, Medicaid and state Children's Health Insurance programs, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act privacy rule.

Since the H1N1 flu pandemic began in April, millions of people in the United States have been infected, at least 20,000 have been hospitalized and more than 1,000 have died, said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Frieden said that having 46 states reporting widespread flu transmission is traditionally the hallmark of the peak of flu season. To have the flu season peak at this time of the year is "extremely unusual."
The CDC said 16.1 million doses of H1N1, or swine flu, vaccine had been made by Friday -- 2 million more than two days earlier. About 11.3 million of those had been distributed throughout the United States, Frieden said.
"We are nowhere near where we thought we would be," Frieden said, acknowledging that manufacturing delays have contributed to less vaccine being available than expected. "As public health professionals, vaccination is our strongest tool. Not having enough is frustrating to all of us."

Frieden said that while the way vaccine is manufactured is "tried and true," it's not well-suited for ramping up production during a pandemic because it takes at least six months. The vaccine is produced by growing weakened virus in eggs.
*mimicking Tommy Davidson on In Living Color* MESSAGE!

As a courtesy to others, sick people PLEASE STAY YOUR A$$ AT HOME!


You messing with my money -- cause if I have to miss work because I got sick from you coughing and sneezing all up in the subway and what not, WITH YOU WACKA$$-- I'm going to do like Mariah and "HUNT YOU DOWN," COMPRENDE?

Monday, October 26, 2009

WHAT'S THE 411 HUN?: COMING SOON: HOWARD HOMECOMING RECAP!


Hey Chicks and Dicks, it's your girl Roxxanne Roxxanne!


First, I want to apologize for not posting as much (I know more like non-existent) for the past several weeks.

The situation was out of my control, but your girl Flashdance has been holding it down for The Chick Fix...so "clap for" her!


From now on, I will try my best to keep you Chicks and Dicks abreast of issues related to me posting on The Chick Fix blog.


Again, I apologize for the lack of contribution to the blog on my part...Me sorry!


Ok, so please be sure to check back with us in the next day or so for a recap of Howard Homecoming 2009 festivities, which took place this past weekend in our hometown of Washington, D.C. (aka the District, the area, or D.C.).


As always, I and Flashdance REALLY appreciate your continued support of The Chick Fix blog and please continue to visit The Chick Fix; post your comments; and give us feedback!


Smooches
~RR

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

NEW MUSIC FIX: CHRIS BROWN'S CRAWL







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Another song off Chris Brown's upcoming third solo album, Graffiti,  has been released. The album has been rumored to be dropping this year...wait for it...supposedly around the same time Rihanna's new album will be hitting stores (Nov. 23).


I must say, I'm REALLY digging Chris's song Crawl!


With lyrics like:


"...Why did I change the days
Hearts were never mean't to race
I always felt the need for space
But now I can't reach your face
So where (so where)
Are you standing now
Are you in the crowd my vouch
So hey baby can you see my hand
I need one more chance
We can still have it all..."

it isn't hard to guess who the song is about.


The song gives me that Romeo and Juliet...no one wants us to be together (for good reasons some may argue), but you are the air I breathe --can't live without you vibe...and as you Chicks and Dicks willl soon realize...I'm a sucker for stuff like that everytime...WHAT? SUE ME!


I tried to post some pictures of the two in happier times, while still trying to capture some of the lyrics to the chorus of Crawl (If we crawl (we crawl), til we can walk again , then we'll run (we'll run), until we're strong enough to jump, then we'll fly, until there is no wind, so lets crawl crawl crawwl, back to love yeah, back to love...").


As my Uncle Peter use to say in his thick Nigerian accent mimicking Eddie Murphy in Boomerang..."This is my Mack Daddy vibe I'm giving you!"