Jennifer Hudson Starts Foundation For Families Of Murder Victims, More Details Emerge In Nephew’s Death

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A week since the tragic loss of her family, Jennifer Hudson has created the Hudson-King Foundation for Families of Slain Victims which will aim to benefit relatives of murder victims.According to People, the Hudson family will go forward with the project to help provide assistance to people with the most vital needs in addition to emotional guidance.

“The specific purpose of the Foundation is to care for the needs of families who have lost relatives to a violent crime,” she wrote in a statement. “This encompasses their basic needs of food, clothing and shelter as well as grief counseling.”

Based out of New York, the foundation will pay tribute to the memory of Hudson’s slain mother, Darnell Donerson, brother Jason Hudson and seven year-old nephew Julian King. Continue reading

[video] Jay-Z: He Came, He Saw, He Conquered

Alan Yentob explores the life and work of the chart topping rapper and multi-millionaire business mogul Jay-Z.

Over the last six months, Alan has accompanied Jay-Z through key moments in his career, including the media frenzy and build-up to his triumphant headline gig at Glastonbury. Jay-Z gives an exclusive insight into his world, with backstage access to his concerts in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York, where Alan rubs shoulders with the stars and meets some of Jay-Z’s friends – including Chris Martin and P Diddy.

Jay-Z’s other passions extend beyond music, to modern art, architecture, politics, sports and fashion. He’s listed along with his partner Beyonce Knowles as one of the most powerful celebrity couples in the world. Contains very strong language.

Link: Imagine… Jay-Z: I Came, I Saw, I Conquered

[Op-Ed]: The Rise of the Hip Hop Blogs

Below is an excerpt from a story posted on HipHopDX about the growing influence of the blogosphere and the realization that these entities are now at the forefront of music, christened as “Digital A&R’s.”  The excerp below is about the significant impact of Nah Right and his undaunting dedication to pushing blogs into the stratosphere of CyberSpace.

To even be a novice reader or Internet rap consumer, Eskay’s name holds weight. The self-proclaimed “king of all bloggers” celebrates his hard work, but the 30 year-old Yonkers, New York native is quite humble in his commitment to Hip Hop.

Although it competes with any online Hip Hop magazine with its traffic, [click here], like the Internet itself, began as intended for a small circle. “I started it as a way to aggregate content in one place for my friends. I was always the dudes out of my crew that had the latest mixtapes, the latest songs or MP3s; I knew whatever was poppin’ in Hip Hop,” says Eskay, who adds, “Starting the site was my way of bringing that conversation online.

With over 50 posts a day at times, Eskay’s built his kingdom on hard work. Audio, video and a reader’s digest of what’s happening in Hip Hop, the creator knows his strengths. “There’s a lot of blogs that’ll take a day off; I try to never take a day off. I constantly update through the day and the night – if it means being up till four in the morning, then that’s what it is,” he says, citing consistency as his key to success.
Having started in May, 2005, NahRight may be a driving force for new media departments everywhere. “I think in the last year, labels really started to understand how important the blogs were and how many people we reach. But I feel like the respect still isn’t there,” reveals Eskay. And NahRight lashes back, doing what many magazines, both print and online, cannot – he ignores. “I feel like some labels think individual bloggers are just a promotional vehicle for them. Everything I post on NahRight has to be either something I feel strongly about or something that I feel will appeal to my readership in some way – it’ll spark conversation. It might even be a song that’s wack, but because of the subject matter, it’ll spark conversation.” And whether it’s support of the unsigned, or tongue-in-cheek commentary on rap superstars, Eskay’s subjective opinion comes at a time when media sources seemingly drink the Koolaid of what’s good anymore. “Me, I’m not doing a Yung Joc feature no matter what happens,” says Eskay with a laugh. The power is back in the hands of the people. Whether or not you can impress a program director at a station or network, or an A&R doesn’t matter, all you need is the ear and support of one of the new few.

CLICK [HERE] for the rest of the story.

RZA To Co-Produce The Last Dragon Remake

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Reuters reports RZA [click to read] and Dallas Jackson are co-producing a remake of Berry Gordy’s cult classic martial arts film, The Last Dragon. Few details have emerged thus far, but Samuel L. Jackson has confirmed he will reprise the part of Sho’nuff the Shogun of Harlem. Dallas Jackson, whose previous film works include production on I, Robot and Norbit, is currently writing the script.

“I’m a huge fan of the original and look forward to bringing Sho’Nuff into the 21st century,” says Jackson.

The as-yet-untitled project will be included as part of Motowns 50th anniversary next year. After its release in 1985, the original Last Dragon grossed nearly $26 million. There is currently no word on if RZA will score the film as well. The Wu-Tang Clan’s primary beatsmith has previously scored Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill and also Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai. RZA and Samuel L. Jackson will also be working on the sequel to the Anime movie Afro Samurai, which is expected to be released in 2009.

Voting Machines Could Bring Election Day Glitches

How ironic would it be, as we stand at the cusp of ushering in a historic moment in time, that Senator Obama, a Silicon Valley favorite, would fall victim to flawed machinery.  The Republicans have a fool-proofed method of how to go about winning elections in this new-age of technological electioneering.  They are a little too complacent for me, gotta watch those madmen, especially in airtight races.  Problems are arising already with these faulty machines, with no remedy in site and since these machines leave no paper trail (shout out to TIP!) it leaves one wondering what a nail-biter will look like on the morning of November the 5th (shout of to V for Vendetta!).  This is not above Republicans, my friends, they have deployed soldiers and police in anticipation of unrest, so there is obviously something being planned.  Think I’m fear-mongering? Well, check this out

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(CNN) — Eight years after Florida’s hanging chads exasperated voters and helped usher in sweeping changes in voting technology, many election observers remain concerned about the accuracy of the electronic voting systems most Americans will use November 4.

Touch-screen machines can occasionally fail or register votes for unintended candidates. Optical-scan systems can have trouble reading paper ballots that are too long or marked with the wrong ink. At least one study suggests that electronic voting machines can be easily hacked.

And some 9 million voters, including many in the battleground states of Ohio and Florida, will use equipment that has changed since March, increasing concerns about errors next Tuesday.

“You can be almost certain that there will be irregularities in some places around the country,” said Rep. Rush Holt, D-New Jersey. “The problem now is that roughly a third of voters nationwide will use unverifiable electronic machines. So if there are uncertainties, there will be no way to resolve them.”

With early voting under way in 31 states, these problems have already surfaced. In recent weeks, voters in West Virginia, Colorado, Tennessee and Texas have reported that touch-screen machines registered their votes, at least initially, for the wrong candidate or party. Video Watch video about voting-machine concerns »

This scenario even turns up in Sunday’s episode of “The Simpsons,” already leaked on the Internet, in which Homer’s electronic vote for Barack Obama is recorded for John McCain by a sinister machine that then devours him. Continue reading