Daily Archives: November 20, 2009
Brittanya O’Campo, one of those chicks from the VH1 shows “Rock of Love” and “Charm School”, has filed a police report claiming she was date raped last Friday night. The folks over at the The Dirty published a nude photo of Brittanya slumped over after the alleged crime below:
But the story even gets more bizarre. The alleged rapist, a Portland, Ore. club promoter, rumored to be called Dusty, says the sex was consensual and even thanked Brittanya for the one night of, um, passion. He told her: “I can not even believe last night!!! I had sooo much fun tho.” He did this on Twitter, of course!
Now another man has come to Brittanya’s defense. Andrew Vrakas, Director of Operations, for I Love VH1 Party (who? what?) sent a letter to The Dirty asking them to remove the photo and to add, that while Brittanya may be a drunk who sleeps around, she would never willingly have sex with a promoter. Never.
“She said she believes someone put something in her drink because she only had 3 drinks and is known for keeping control. She is pressing charges against the perps and has hired a layer to go after anyone who needs to be gone after… I’m a promoter and I know Brittanya well. I know she is no angel, but I know she doesn’t screw promoters.. maybe celebs… but not a lowly promoter! She seems likes a bad ass, but she is a sweetheart and a mother with an 8-year-old son.”
I have a great deal of respect for Charlamagne Tha God, former morning show host for 100.3 “The Beat” in Philadelphia. I met Charlamagne during my appearances on The Wendy Williams Experience, and he has respected me as a brother from the first day we met. That is why I was shocked and saddened to hear that Charlamagne was suddenly fired from the station this week.
It is not a surprise when a host gets fired from a radio show, since media is as fickle as a crack head in a candy store. You get a big platform one minute and it’s ripped out from under you the next. But what got my attention in the case of Charlamagne’s firing was the rumored reason that he might have gotten the axe.
There are many who are reporting that Charlamagne got yanked after doing an interview with Beanie Sigel, and allowing him to describe his diss track on Jay Z. If that is indeed the reason that Charlamagne got fired, I only have one thing to say: Jigga please.
To get Charlamagne fired for giving a voice to your enemy is like Kobe Bryant shooting the referee who forces him to guard Lebron James. If you can’t take on Beanie head to head or somehow feel that he has put you on blast, you should respond to the allegations like a man and not simply arrange for the firing of anyone who presents a dissenting perspective. It’s not as if Charlamagne said anything negative about you – he simply allowed people to hear from someone with an opinion that differs from your own. You are willing to let a man get fired for that? Dude, you need to get over yourself.
As powerful as Jay Z might think he is, the truth is that he can’t shut down the entire Internet. The irony and timing of Charlamagne’s firing created instant buzz, and Dime Wars has reported that an insider has confirmed that Jay-Z had a direct hand in the firing of Charlamagne. It is my greatest hope that Jay Z will reconsider and use his influence to help Charlamagne regain his position in radio. He might win the battle in this one, but he could possibly lose the war. Nobody wants to be labeled as a punk.
This is not the first time that Charlamagne has been in the middle of controversy, as he spent a lot of time next to Wendy Williams, a woman who was ostracized by half of the Hip-Hop community. Personally, I found Wendy to be a professional and gracious host, but I could honestly see why she had enemies. Wendy claims that Diddy played a role in getting her canned during the 1990s, but like a phoenix, she rose from the ashes.
Like his partner Wendy Williams, I am sure that Charlamagne will land on his feet, for he is a tremendous media talent. I also think that there is a lesson to learn about the power structure in entertainment: The entertainers don’t carry the weight; most of the weight is carried by people behind the scenes. When one looks at individuals like Jay-Z, Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, you aren’t just seeing entertainers, you are seeing business moguls. Moguls protect their image at all costs, even if it is at the expense of free speech. If Jay Z did go after Charlemagne’s job for allowing him to be dissed, he is violating an important code of life: You don’t use your power to get respect, you must actually earn it. Charlamagne should still have his job.
Dennis Rodman is no stranger to controversy. The former NBA star is a legend in the league for his on-court skill but a deity of sorts in the media for his outlandish antics.
While competing in a “USA Legends of Basketball” exhibition game in the small town of Trier, Germany, the man that wore a wedding dress to his own wedding found himself unable to leave the country after throwing a party as neglecting to pay for it.
According to local prosecutor Jurgen Bauer, the hotel in which Rodman was staying agreed to pay for his overnight stay, but refused to pick up the alcohol tab for the night. Rodman and his guests consumed $5,100 in beverages at the shindig.
Local police stooped the b-ball great on the highway, pulling over his stretch limo and holding him within the country until the all of his debts were paid. Eventually all money owed was paid, as well as an extra $2,500, which was meant to dismiss any legal action that may result from the incident.
In five years, there could be a vaccine to defeat AIDS, genital herpes, Alzheimer’s, Malaria, and Tuberculosis among several other common illnesses such as urinary tract infections and grass allergies.
That suggestion directly contrasts the former truth of what was once a dying part of the pharmaceutical industry.
Investments in the drug industry have allowed to huge strides to be made in what is now seen as a “crucial path to growth,” a phrase that is uttered mainly because of the success stories behind the vaccines for pneumococcal disease and rotavirus, the two viral strains known to cause meningitis and cervical cancer.
Needless to say, the projected success of a successful vaccination against AIDS or Alzheimer’s diseases is guaranteed to bring in billions, if not trillions, of dollars in revenue.
Model Daul Kim was found dead in Paris this morning, her agents at Next confirm. “She was a top model and a great friend to all of us at Next. Please respect her family’s privacy at this time of sadness. We will all miss her very much,” they said in a statement. The cause of death remains unknown at this time, but a source tells the Cut the 20-year-old committed suicide. She will be missed.
Rihanna could use a sweet guy in her life, which is why we were happy to hear that a romance is potentially brewing between the “So Hard” singer and half-Dominican actor Tristan Wilds, best known for his current role on 90210 and a former one on HBO’s The Wire. The NY Daily News reports, Tristan, 20, showed up as an unexpected guest at a party Rihanna, 21, held over the weekend at her L.A. home, where she was saying goodbye to close friends before leaving for a set of shows in London.
“No one knew why Tristan was there initially, because it was not an industry party—it was very intimate,” a party guest told the NY Daily News. “But everyone quickly realized they weren’t meeting for the first time, because they were openly affectionate for everyone to see.”
The source added, “they hit it off the moment they laid eyes on each other. He’s a real gentleman. She likes him a lot, and it shows. From the moment he walked into her party, Rihanna lit up.” The lovebirds apparently plan to keep in touch digitally until their work schedules allow them to be together again.
The only disturbing thing about this connection is Tristan’s resemblance to Chris Brown. Are we the only ones who see that? Otherwise, we’re hoping things pan out for the young stars.
Although an album has yet to be dropped, the Distant Relatives known as Nas and Damian Marley are still trying to leave their impact outside of the music.
Teaming with National Geographic and V-Tech, the duo will have a panel debate next month in Washington D.C. Paying homage to the art of Hip Hop, the discussion will explore the origins of the genre and reveal what type of impact it has had across the globe.
The event is set to take place at National Geographic’s Grosvenor Auditorium on December 12.
Of course a history lesson wouldn’t be as effective without relevant teachers, as the two will be accompanied by legends in the game such as Rakim, DJ Kool Herc, DJ Red Alert, Jeff Chang and more.
Clearly a momentous occasion, MTVs own Sway Calloway will serve as the moderator for the event, which will also be filmed for a future documentary.
Fans will be in store for a surprise following the event as there will be an after party, as well as, an open-mic show at the nightclub Zanzibar.
Tickets for the panel discussion are quite limited and will run for about $25, but the fee will also serve as a ticket into the party following.
Those that are unable to dig deep into their pockets shouldn’t be worried about missing the actual debate as it will be streamed live and broadcasted through National Geographic’s Web site.
In terms of the album, Distant Relatives is set to drop sometime in 2010. Serving as a social commentary with content heavily revolving around Africa, features so far are rumored to include Young Jeezy, Joss Stone, Stevie Wonder, Stephen Marley, Snoop Dogg and K’naan.
T.I.’s Grand Hustle studios are currently being investigated after explosives were found in front of the building.
Atlanta police and a SWAT team were called to the scene after two Molotov cocktails were discovered.
Atlanta police officer Otis Redmond told Fox 5 Atlanta that the suspicious packages were reported by someone leaving the building.
“One of the occupants came out early this morning to start his car up and noticed two suspicious bottles sitting on the front portion of the walkway.”
Sources for Grand Hustle dispute the reports however and told HipHopWired that the explosives were near the office and not in front of the building.
A search warrant has revealed that 29-year-old Mario McNeill told investigators he took Shaniya Davis last week from her home in Fayetteville to a hotel in Sanford, North Carolina. McNeill was captured on hotel surveillance cameras holding the little girls in his arms on the elevator.
Police discovered hair and fibers, clothes, and a straw from McNeill’s 1997 Mitsubishi Galant.
5-year-old Shaniya Davis’s body was discovered Monday on the side of a road outside of the city.
As previously reported Antoinette Nicole Davis, the mother of Shaniya, is facing charges of child prostitution, human trafficking, child abuse and filing a false police report.
According to arrest documents cited by local newspaper, The Fayetville Observer, Davis “knowingly provided Shaniya Davis with the intent that she be held in “sexual servitude” and she “permitted an act of prostitution.”
Disgusting! Lock them both in jail for life!