Monthly Archives: March 2009
Del is set to introduce his 13-point “Stimulus Package” to the masses through the saving grace of “Funkman” out on April 7th 2009. His plan is to revive “the public at large” that is “over the whole rap era”, as Del puts it. Del is digging deep this time around and giving directly back to the people in order to make the future of hip hop a more prosperous place. His recovery effort will lend the entire album up for free for download to rescue those seeking salvation from these broken and misleading days of rap music – and more importantly, funk! Get your piece of the package at delthefunkyhomosapien.bandcamp.com on the release date. As an added bonus, Del has released the leak pack series volume’s 1 & 2 (both available for free download on his site!) in the meantime, previewing his plan for the greater good of hip hop during this recession of funk.
SANTA MONICA, March 27, 2009 – Admit it. You’ve missed her. Well good news—she’s back! Star of the hit “I Love New York” series, Tiffany “New York” Pollard returns to VH1 and this time she’s ready to…work? That’s right, VH1’s resident reality queen will experience what everyone else in America does—work a real job. She tackled the Hollywood world in “New York Goes to Hollywood,” and now Tiffany is gearing up to tackle America’s working world in “New York Goes to Work,” premiering Monday, May 4 at 10PM.*
NEW YORK, NY, March 25, 2009 – RuPaul, the world’s most famous drag queen, has pushed the boundaries of popular culture on an international level and recently made history with “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” the first-ever reality television show featuring drag queens. And on the heels of its most successful series launch yet, Logo, the leading ad-supported gay and lesbian-themed network from MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), has ordered a second season of this ground-breaking series. America’s guiltiest pleasure “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is slated for an early 2010 premiere.
According to numerous sources on the Internets there are two new Jimi Hendrix albums and one reality-style DVD coming out this year. Janie Hendrix, Jimi’s stepsister who runs Experience Hendrix, says there are “Ten more years of Hendrix music in the vault.” In a unique move for most rappers Fat Joe sampled “Hey Joe” for his new song also titled “Hey Joe.”
March 24, 2009 – New York City – VIBE Media Group, the definitive voice of urban culture, in its continued commitment to develop and deepen its brand reach, announces two new digital platform services, VIBE Video and VIBE Mobile.
VIBE Video will deliver music videos on demand at VIBE.com. VIBE Video will start with more than 15,000 original music videos from providers such as Universal, Sony/BMG, and Warner Music. The service is fully searchable by artist or title, and it offers users the opportunity to rate, mark as a favorite, and comment on any video in the catalog. The most viewed, commented, and discussed videos will be made available on the site. VIBE’s content team will post weekly top picks to keep the avid music fans up to date on what’s hot.
New York, N.Y. – March 24, 2009 – After an amazing 25 years, veteran music and entertainment industry publicist Jody Miller is announcing her plans to retire from public relations, effective August 2009.
As one of the early independent publicists and PR firms in the music industry, Miller and JLM PR have seen tremendous change in the business over the past quarter century. She and JLM are fortunate to have been involved in some seminal campaigns and events, some of them history in the making. Roger Waters’ The Wall celebrity concert, set on the Pottsdamer Platz between East and West Berlin just after the fall of the Berlin Wall, drew 350,000 people; Live AID ’85 with Duran Duran and its offshoot groups The Power Station and Arcadia; Russell Simmons, who Miller and JLM have represented for the past eight years, including all of his non-profits and some of his for-profits, launching and helping to build the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network and the Diamond Empowerment Fund; and such icons and organizations as Al Green, John Mellencamp, Iggy Pop, The Cure, Kanye West, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, LIFEbeat and the American Women in Radio & Television, among many others.
New York, N.Y. – March 24, 2009 – The Diamond Empowerment Fund(TM) (D.E.F.), an independent organization founded in 2007 by Russell Simmons and members of the jewelry industry, is pleased to announce the election of two new board co-presidents in Zale Corp. CEO Neal Goldberg and Dr. Benjamin Chavis, President/CEO of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network. The Diamond Empowerment Fund’s mission is to help Africans help Africa through funding educational programs in African nations where diamonds are a natural resource. The outgoing president of the Board is Sally Morrison, Director of the Diamond Information Center, New York.