A week after VIBE magazine shut down officially, XXL magazine is set to follow.
The hip-hop magazine has been around for 17 years. It made sure that fans received all the news on rap music the old fashioned way, before the internet/blogosphere took over. With technology taking over this generation’s attention, young readers find online publications more attractive than the print ones. Therefore, XXL was bought out by Townsquare Media.
The October/November edition of XXL, currently at the printers, will be the final edition of the magazine. Ben Harris, the president of Harris Publications, which began publishing XXL in 1997, said, “We incubated something digitally, but the Townsquare people can take it to the next level with their digital expertise.”
Although most buy-outs lead to layoffs, Bill Wilson, the chief content officer of Townsquare says that “11 XXL editorial and digital ad sales team employees will be offered jobs.”
Wilson also added that it is possible that the publication will return to print for rare, special issues. “We think XXL has strong potential in both the digital and live events market,” he added.
Is there a possibility that all media will eventually discontinue printed publications? With XXL being around for so many years, is it fair to the audience to just discontinue the magazine? What’s your opinion?
As the “Django Unchained” actress, Daniele Watts; left the CBS studios in San Fernando Valley, California, Thursday afternoon, witnesses called the police saying that she was having sex with her boyfriend. When the police showed up she tried to pull the race card on him.
Daniele claims that she was harassed and hurt by cops after she had made out with her boyfriend in her car, after that she complained that the cop was being racist against her for being African-American.
It’s the witness’s word against hers, from a nearby Art Directors Guild office, witnesses told the cops that they had watched Daniele and her boyfriend have full-on sex in the passenger’s seat with the door wide open.
According to the eyewitnesses, Daniele’s boyfriend was sitting in the seat with her straddling him and that the scene was for everyone to see. Another eyewitness told the cops that they had cleaned themselves up with a tissue afterwards.
In the police audio of the incident, Watts pulls the race card instantly, then once that doesn’t work she pulls the fame card and says that she is going to call her publicist. After that she continues to storm off and refuses to show the police officer, Sgt. Jim Parker her I.D.
What do you think about this one? Should Daniele be charged with any sort of offense for PDA?
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Two nights before the VMA’s Chris Brown hosted a pre-party in Los Angeles, gunshots were fired inside the celebrity-filled Sunset Strip Party.
A total of three people were injured, two men and a woman. Including former rapper, Marion “Suge” Knight –who was shot six times.
Chris Brown then posted a tweet after the incident saying, “It’s disappointing that we as a society can’t have fun or enjoy ourselves without any altercations sometimes. Miss me with the bulls**t!!”
This wasn’t Knight’s first time being shot at a pre-VMA party. In 2005 the former rapper was shot in the leg at a party hosted by Kanye West in Miami.
At first, it was thought that Chris Brown was the target, but at investigators reviewed footage they say that it is clear that Suge Knight was the intended target.
Chris Brown –who is still on probation for his 2009 assult on ex-girlfriend Rihanna- still hasn’t spoken to the LAPD.
Do you think they were purposely aiming at Suge Knight? Or could it have just been a coincidence? What’s your opinion?
It's disappointing that we as a society can't have fun or enjoy ourselves without any altercations sometimes. Miss me with the bullshit!!!— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) August 24, 2014
If you have been keeping up with the Michael Brown shooting which happened in Ferguson, Missouri, you will find interest in this.
In the wake of the shooting, The Game has recruited a group of 10 rappers and four R&B artists. As they come together they protest on a musical Molotov “Don’t Shoot.”
The song by The Game features Diddy, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Fabolous, Wale, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz, Yo Gotti, Curren$y, Problem, King Pharaoh and the R&B super-group TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank).
In an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, The game says, “The issues in Ferguson really hit home for me, and I feel compelled to use my musical platform to address this.”
“I am a black man with kids of my own that I love more than anything, and I cannot fathom a horrific tragedy like Michael Brown’s happening to them,” he added. “This possibility has shaken me to my core. That is why this song must be made and why it was so easy for so many of my friends to come together and unite against the injustice.”
In a show of solidarity, the rappers on the track are a Pan-American show.
“I managed to get everyone on board fairly easy, simply because we have the hearts,” stated the game. “We care and are inclined to take a positive approach to resolving an issue that has existed since the beginning of mankind and that is racism and hatred towards one another as human beings.”
Listen to the song and purchase it on iTunes, the money raised from the track will go to the Justice for Mike Brown GoFundMe account.
Give us your opinion on the track and let us know what you think.
Prepare yourself for what could possibly be the most talked about performance of the year.
It’s been said that Queen Bey herself will give her fans a taste of her entire self-titled visual album that was released last December, during this Sunday’s MTV VMA’s with a show stopping 15-minute performance of her entire album.
According to MTV Exec, Amy Doyle, “Beyoncé’s performance is very ambitious, I don’t think anyone has tried this before. We are expecting this to go down in VMA’s history.”
Sounds like Bey is ready to hit us with yet another breathtaking surprise, tune into the MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday and let us know what you think.
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