Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Manchester United's Paul Scholes has announced his retirement aged 36.
Midfielder Scholes made his United debut in 1994, making 676 appearances, and will now join the coaching staff.
The news came after he helped the club win a record 19th league title, the 10th of his career, and his last game was Saturday's Champions League final loss to Barcelona.
"This was not a decision I've taken lightly but I feel now is the right time for me to stop playing," he said.
The famously low key Scholes stated: "I am not a man of many words but I can honestly say that playing football is all I have ever wanted to do and to have had such a long and successful career at Manchester United has been a real honour.
"To have been part of the team that helped the club reach that 19th title is a great privilege."
Manager Sir Alex Ferguson paid tribute, calling him "a truly unbelievable player.
"Paul has always been inspirational to players of all ages and we know that will continue in his new role," he added.
Scholes was part of United's Class of 92, which also produced David Beckham, Nicky Butt and Gary Neville - another player who ended his United career this season.
United chief executive David Gill said Scholes had "established himself as one of the greatest players to ever wear the United shirt".
In addition to winning 10 Premier League titles, Scholes was a member of the team that triumphed in the 2008 Champions League final against Chelsea, but was suspended for the 1999 final win over Bayern Munich.
He also won 66 England caps before retiring from international football following the Euro 2004 tournament, aged only 29, but coach Fabio Capello tried to tempt him to change his mind for last summer's World Cup.
Scholes said he would have considered a U-turn but was not given enough time to make up his mind
Monday, 30 May 2011
Last night Sean Kingston was sent to the hospital in critical condition after a jet ski accident Sunday night.
According to TMZ, Sean was with a female passenger on the jet-ski when he crashed into a bridge. The accident happened around 6 pm last night. A good Samaritan saw the accident, called 9-1-1 and rescued the couple.
The two were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital where Kingston was sent immediately to the trauma ward due to the severity of his injuries. According to investigators, alcohol did not play a role in the tragic incident.
A rep told TMZ: “Sean Kingston was in an accident today. No further details are available at the moment. He and his family thank everyone for the well-wishes.”
Celebrities have been tweeting their sympathies to the family and sending their best wishes.
Rihanna tweets, “Sean we praying for u baby.” While Nicki Minaj sends her wishes, ““My love & prayers are with Sean Kingston & his family.” and LL Cool J writes, “I hope and pray that Sean Kingston recovers quickly…. #staystrong”.
Our hearts go out to the family and we hope that Sean Kingston recovers soon! he has been transferred from the trauma unit to the intensive care unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital -- where he is in critical condition, but has been stabilized ... this according to his rep.
GOOD AFTERNOON WARLOCKS, JUST AN UPDATE ON THE #2WEEKS2MAKEIT PROCESS. YESTERDAY WAS THE FIRST DAY OF SHOOTING AND AFTER ALL THE PLANNING AND PREPARATION STARTED TO UNFOLD AT THE SEAMS LOL.. FIRSTLY THE SCRUBBERJACK PRODUCTIONS TEAM HAD ARRANGED THE VENUE AND A GROUP OF CHILDREN TO COME AS EXTRAS BUT THEY IMPROMPTLY STARTED DROPPING OUT #FAIL.. IF THAT WASN'T BAD ENOUGH I GET TO BIRMINGHAM TRAIN STATION MUCH TO MY CHAGRIN FOR THEM TO TELL ME THAT NO TRAINS ARE RUNNING TO COVENTRY I WOULD HAVE TO GET OFF AT THE AIRPORT AND THEN CATCH A RAIL REPLACEMENT COACH!! BUMMER I KNOW I WONT GET INTO THERE RIDICULOUS SERVICE BUT ALL I CAN SAY IT WAS A LONG DAY WE MANAGED TO GET WHAT WE COULD WITH WHAT WE HAD AND INSHALLAH TUESDAY BODES TO BE MUCH BETTER!! AS THAT WILL BE A OUT LAST DAY OF SHOOTING.
A New Orleans-based rapper known to his fans as Tre-8 died after a car accident in Algiers Saturday night, his mother confirmed today.
Aubrey Edwards Walter McCallon, known as Tre-8, in a picture taken for "Where They At: New Orleans Hip-Hop and Bounce in Words and Pictures, " an exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
Tam McCallon Fischer said Tre-8, whose real name was Walter McCallon, 37, died in a hospital after the accident on Tullis and Woodland drives. His daughter, two nieces, a nephew and the mother of his children were in the car with him at the time, and are all in the hospital, Fischer said.
McCallon attended L.B. Landry and O. Perry Walker high schools on the West Bank. He played in both schools' marching bands, experimenting with snare, tenor drum, French horn and trumpet, but found his real musical calling in hip-hop.
In his early teens, McCallon became a backup dancer for Bennett, the rapper and producer known as Ice Mike, who produced early New Orleans hip-hop artists including Bust Down and Joe Blakk. At Bennett's home studio, he learned engineering and production skills that led him to work producing tracks for the West Bank indie label Slaughterhouse Records while still in high school.
McCallon recorded his first songs as a teenage rapper alongside Tim Smooth as a member of the group Westbank Coalition in 1993. At 16, he became one of the first artists signed to Master P's newly minted No Limit records label. His debut (and only release) for No Limit, "Ghetto Stories," came out in 1995, characterized by his signature raspy vocals and exaggerated horror-movie and gangsta themes cut with a dark sense of humor.
After his departure from No Limit, he continued to produce other artists and record his own material for local independent outfits like South Coast Music Group and his own imprints, Smoke 1 Records and Purple Haze Prodctions.
In March 2011, he released "Black & Purple" with the group Dem Haze Boyz, his first album since 2008's "Most Underrated."
This story was reported and written by Katie Urbaszewski and Alison Fensterstock.
Sunday, 29 May 2011
Barcelona seal the Champions League title with a stylish 3-1 victory over Manchester United.
A neat finish from Wayne Rooney in reply to a Pedro opening goal meant that things were all square at half-time.
But a strikes from distance from World Player of the Year Lionel Messi and David Villa was enough to claim victory for the Catalan giants.
hahahahahahaha sorry cant win everything Man U, outplayed and beaten by the best! how does it feel? Sizzle, losing, BYE!!!
Saturday, 28 May 2011
A 16-year-old boy has been found guilty of murdering a man in Birmingham as he walked home from work.
Lamah Prince, 16, Was found guilty of stabbing shop worker Yajay Sudra near his home on 9 July.
The court heard Prince had probably attacked the 21-year-old in an attempt to rob him.
Birmingham Crown Court was told he had shown "exceptional interest" in coverage of the death and had confessed he was the killer to a girl he knew.'Would not answer'
He was convicted by an 11-1 majority verdict on Friday.
Mr Sudra, who worked in WH Smith at Birmingham Airport, had been carrying a bag when he was stabbed through the heart, close to his home in Marsh Lane, Erdington.
He made it to his front door and died in his mother's arms.
Speaking after the trial, Det Insp Paul Joyce, of West Midlands Police, said: "The offender refused to co-operate at any stage of the investigation, and would not answer any questions, but that did not stop us ensuring that he was brought to justice.
"Incidents such as this one are extremely rare, but when they do happen our officers will work hard to catch and convict those responsible.
'Justice for Jay'
"The response that we had from the local community and the wider public has been really positive throughout the investigation, and I would like to thank everyone for their efforts that have helped us to reach this conclusion."
Mr Sudra's sister, Sonya Sudra Abbotts, said: "We couldn't have got a better result today.
"It's not going to bring our Jay back but we can move on with our lives knowing that we have got justice for Jay, which is what we wanted."
Prince was remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced on 17 June.
- Boy in court over fatal stabbing 19 JULY 2010, BIRMINGHAM & BLACK COUNTRY
- Boy charged with stabbing murder 18 JULY 2010, BIRMINGHAM & BLACK COUNTRY
- Murder inquiry into man's death 10 JULY 2010, BIRMINGHAM & BLACK COUNTRY
- CCTV of street stabbing released 12 JULY 2010, BIRMINGHAM & BLACK COUNTRY
I REALLY WANT TO WRITE SO MUCH MORE ON THIS WARLOCKS ALL I CAN SAY IS IT'S A CLOSE MATTER TO MY HEART AND A WASTE OF TWO LIVES IN THIS GAME WE CALL LIFE!
The musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron – best known for his pioneering rap The Revolution Will Not Be Televised – has died at the age of 62, having fallen ill after a European trip.
Jamie Byng, his UK publisher, announced the news via Twitter: "Just heard the very sad news that my dear friend and one of the most inspiring people I've ever met, the great Gil Scott-Heron, died today."
Scott-Heron's spoken word recordings helped shape the emerging hip-hop culture. Generations of rappers cite his work as an influence.
He was known as the Godfather of Rap but disapproved of the title, preferring to describe what he did as "bluesology" – a fusion of poetry, soul, blues and jazz, all shot through with a piercing social conscience and strong political messages, tackling issues such as apartheid and nuclear arms.
"If there was any individual initiative that I was responsible for it might have been that there was music in certain poems of mine, with complete progression and repeating 'hooks', which made them more like songs than just recitations with percussion," Scott-Heron wrote in the introduction to his 1990 Now and Then collection of poems.
He was best known for The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, the critically acclaimed recording from his first album Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, and for his collaborations with jazz/funk pianist and flautist Brian Jackson.
In The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, first recorded in 1970, he issued a fierce critique of the role of race in the mass media and advertising age. "The revolution will not be right back after a message about a white tornado, white lightning or white people," he sang.
He performed at the No Nukes concerts, held in 1979 at Madison Square Garden. The concerts were organised by a group called Musicians United for Safe Energy and protested against the use of nuclear energy following the meltdown at Three Mile Island. The group included singer-songwriters such as Jackson Browne, Graham Nash and Bonnie Raitt.
Scott-Heron's song We Almost Lost Detroit, written about a previous accident at a nuclear power plant, is sampled on rapper Kanye West's single The People. Scott-Heron's 2010 album, I'm New Here, was his first new studio release in 16 years and was hailed by critics. The album's first song, On Coming From a Broken Home, is an ode to his maternal grandmother, Lillie, who raised him in Jackson, Tennessee, until her death when he was 13. He moved to New York after that.
Scott-Heron was HIV positive and battled drug addiction through most of his career. He spent a year and a half in prison for possession. In a 2009 interview he said that his jail term had forced him to confront the reality of his situation.
"When you wake up every day and you're in the joint, not only do you have a problem but you have a problem with admitting you have a problem." Yet in spite of some "unhappy moments" in the past few years he still felt the need to challenge rights abuses and "the things that you pay for with your taxes".
"If the right of free speech is truly what it's supposed to be, then anything you say is all right."
Scott-Heron's friend Doris Nolan said the musician had died at St Luke's hospital on Friday afternoon. "We're all sort of shattered," she told the Associated Press.
Thursday, 26 May 2011
Nor do I hold a crystal ball to see what we become,
I cannot stop a hurricane turn rapid winds to calm,
But rest assured that I can keep you safe within my arms,
I don't make crazy promises that I'd do this and that,
But rest assured that I can keep you safe within my arms,
I can't break boulders with my clutch nor make a mountain move,
At times I cumulate fervor although it seems abstruse,
What you invoke is me holding you tighter in my palms,
So rest assured that I will keep you safe within my arms.
Monday, 23 May 2011
Hey, Warlocks just to update you where we at, its been a good process to be involved with has given me an incite of how the industry can be in terms of working to a short term deadline, planning, preparation, just coming up with the story alone for the video is long lol.. but its been a good experience thus far, i've been managing to cram it in along with work, and all the other daily routines by tomorrow we should have some storyboards and a solid idea we will run with then its just getting it shot!!
Sunday, 22 May 2011
Barack Obama says he respects Pakistani sovereignty but would go after another 'very high-value target' if found to be there,
I guess we knew this was a matter of time on the cusp of Team America's big victory they have the morale and public behind them for ridding the world of evil and now there will undoubtedly be a new vicious tyrant in Pakistan that they will see as a 'very high-value target'. I had no faith in Obama from the start when everybody was getting gassed about him being the first "black" president and that he was going to be soo different. Alex Jones' Obama Deception DVD cleared that up straight away, and when the high priest Vatican Assassin that is Charlie Sheen publicly requested a meeting with President Barack Obama to urge him to reopen the official investigation into 9/11 in light of the fact that the majority of the 9/11 Commission members have now publicly gone on record to express their conviction that the government agreed to lie about the official story. Sheen also presents a plethora of other evidence to illustrate how the official story is a fraud, including the revelations of whistle blowers like FBI translator Sibel Edmonds, who recently broke a Federal gag order to expose how Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda were working for the U.S. government right up until the day of 9/11. He dodged that #Fastball
The president recently met with the BBC and had this to say
"We are very respectful of the sovereignty of Pakistan. But we cannot allow someone who is planning to kill our people or our allies' people – we can't allow those kind of active plans to come to fruition without us taking some action."
"Our hope is, and our expectation is, is that we can achieve that in a way that is fully respectful of Pakistan's sovereignty. But I had made no secret – I had said this when I was running for the presidency – that if I had a clear shot at Bin Laden that we'd take it.
Friday, 20 May 2011
Macho Man Randy Savage -- one of the greatest wrestlers of all-time -- died today in a car accident in Tampa, Florida ... TMZ has learned. TMZ spoke with Randy's brother, Lanny Poffo , who tells us the wrestling legend suffered a heart attack while he was behind the wheel around 9:25 AM ... and lost control of his vehicle. Earlier this month, Savage celebrated his 1-year anniversary with his new wife Lynn. Savage was 58. Macho Man began wrestling in the WWF in 1985 and became a superstar with his trademark catchphrase "Ooooooh Yeaahhhhh." Savage was so popular, he became the spokesperson for Slim Jim in the mid '90s ... and became virtually synonymous with the brand. UPDATE: Florida Highway Patrol tells TMZ ... Savage was driving his 2009 Jeep Wrangler when he veered across a concrete median ... through oncoming traffic ... and "collided head-on with a tree." Savage was transported to Largo Medical center, where he died from his injuries. Savage's wife was a passenger in the vehicle during the collision -- but survived with "minor injuries." She was transported to a different local hospital where she was treated. According to officials, Randy and Lynn were both wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident. Cops say alcohol was NOT a factor. An investigation into the accident is underway
Thursday, 19 May 2011
HMMM RIGHT WARLOCKS!!! THIS WAS BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION TODAY AND MUCH TO MY CHAGRIN IT REMINDED ME A OF A CONVERSATION I HAD WITH A PINHEADDED FEMALE WHO SHARED SIMILAR VIEWS! NOW THIS PSYCHOLOGIST HAS COME UP WITH A STRING OF CRAZY REASONS TO BACK UP HIS "STUDY". WHERE I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE WENT IN AND SAID MORE ON THIS SUBJECT WHICH EVEN MADE THE PAPER BUT I FEEL IT IS A LATE RESPONSE SO I WILL POST A BLOG I READ IN RESPONDENCE WHICH IS GOLD. NANJALA NYABOLA! I SALUTE YOU!!
Her latest article asks 'why black women are less attractive'. What will Psychology Today and the LSE do about it? On Monday, Satoshi Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychologist at the London School of Economics, published an article on his Psychology Today blog that sent shockwaves across Twitter and the blogosphere and reminded many of us of just how dangerous this kind of "science" can be. In his incendiary piece, which has since been taken down, Kanazawa discussed the scientific basis for "why black women are less attractive than any other women". Note that Kanazawa did not claim to have discovered why black women are perceived to be less attractive, or why he believed that black women are less attractive. After bombarding the reader with colourful bar graphs and a set of numbers, he asserts that he has found the answer as to why black women are "objectively" less attractive than women of any other colour...
On Monday, Satoshi Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychologist at the London School of Economics, published an article on his Psychology Today blog that sent shockwaves across Twitter and the blogosphere and reminded many of us of just how dangerous this kind of "science" can be.
In his incendiary piece, which has since been taken down, Kanazawa discussed the scientific basis for "why black women are less attractive than any other women". Note that Kanazawa did not claim to have discovered why black women are perceived to be less attractive, or why he believed that black women are less attractive.
Read the whole article on The Guardian - Science
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Two men are to face trial for the murder of London teenager Stephen Lawrence 18 years ago.
Gary Dobson and David Norris will stand trial over the murder of Stephen Lawrence,
Gary Dobson, 35, and David Norris, 34, are accused of killing the black teenager at a bus stop in Eltham, south-east London, on 22 April 1993.
Nobody has been convicted of the crime but a small team of Scotland Yard detectives has continued to investigate the 18-year-old's death.
Mr Dobson stood trial in 1996 over the murder - which he denied - and he was acquitted.
April 22 1993
Stephen Lawrence is stabbed to death in an unprovoked attack by a gang of white youths as he waits at a bus stop in Eltham, south-east London, with his friend Duwayne Brooks.
26-30 April 1993
A surveillance operation on four prime suspects is carried out.
May 4 1993
The Lawrence family complains that the police are not doing enough to catch Stephen's killers.
May 7 1993
Searches are carried out of the homes of brothers Neil and Jamie Acourt, and David Norris and Gary Dobson. Mr Norris is not at home but the Acourt brothers and Mr Dobson are arrested, then released on bail.
May 10 1993
Mr Norris surrenders to the police and is arrested and interviewed.
May 13 1993
Identification parades are done for Neil Acourt, Mr Dobson and Mr Norris. Neil Acourt is identified by Mr Brooks as one of the gang responsible. Acourt is charged with the murder of Stephen and the attempted murder of Stacey Benefield a month earlier. Mr Norris is charged with the attempted murder of Benefield.
June 23 1993
Luke Knight is charged with Stephen's murder and remanded in custody.
July 29 1993
Committal proceedings are scheduled for Neil Acourt and Mr Knight but the Crown Prosecution Service formally discontinues the prosecution after a meeting between the CPS and the senior investigating officer.
December 22 1993
The Southwark coroner, Sir Montague Levine, halts an inquest into Stephen's death after the family's barrister, Michael Mansfield QC, says there is "dramatic" new evidence.
April 16 1994
The CPS says the new evidence is insufficient to support murder charges.
The Lawrence family begins a private prosecution against the prime suspects.
April 18 1996
The murder trial begins against Neil Acourt, Mr Knight and Mr Dobson at the central criminal court.
April 25 1996
The case collapses after Mr Justice Curtis rules that identification evidence from Mr Brooks is inadmissible. All three are acquitted.
February 13 1997
The inquest into Stephen's death ends and the jury decides he was "unlawfully killed by five white youths".
July 31 1997
A judicial inquiry is announced by the home secretary.
December 15 1997
A Police Complaints Authority report on the original police investigation of Stephen's murder identifies "significant weaknesses, omissions and lost opportunities".
February 24 1999
The MacPherson report is published.
May 5 2004
The CPS announces there is "insufficient evidence" to prosecute anyone for Stephen's murder.
The double jeopardy legal principle, preventing suspects being tried twice for the same crime, is scrapped.
A BBC documentary alleges police corruption in the Lawrence case. It is suggested that Clifford Norris, the gangland father of one of the prime suspects, might have paid the former detective sergeant John Davidson to be kept one step ahead of the investigation.
October 14 2007
The Independent Police Complaints Commission finds no evidence of police corruption and no evidence of dishonest links between Mr Davidson and Clifford Norris.
November 8 2007
Police confirm that they are investigating new forensic evidence in the case.
I HAVE BEEN SELECTED TO BE A PART OF THIS AWESOME COMPETITION AND I LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING MY CREATIVE JUICES FLOW, AND NETWORK WITH SOME FILM MAKERS AND MUSICIANS.
I'M HOPING TO HAVE TE ENERGY AND SUPPORT OF #TEAMBOUTDAT AS WITH MY ALREADY MANIC SCHEDULE FITTING THIS IN TOO WILL MAKE ME A BUSY LAD!! BUT HEY WOULDN'T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY WARLOCKS #BI-WINNING (CONFIDENT MUCH??) I'LL BE DOING MY BEST TO UPDATE YOU AS IT PROCEEDS STAY TUNED AND #YBW TOO :P
What is 2Weeks 2Make It?
2Weeks 2Make It is a music video competition pairing randomly drawn teams of filmmakers and musical artists who then have exactly 2 weeks to shoot and edit a music video from scratch! The aim is to have fun and encourage teamwork, initiative and creativity whilst working to a challenging fixed deadline.
The competition is the brainchild of Rob Speranza and Ed Cartledge, founders of the South Yorkshire Filmmakers Network (SYFN) and was started 7 years ago. Last year Carl Timms, a former 2Weeks winner and director of top digital agency Made Media, brought the competition to the Midlands with the 2 Weeks 2 Make It Brum competition.____________________________________________________________________
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
When I hold you in my palm you give me clear direction,
I map my travel plans in mind and focus where I'm heading,
If I didn't have you I'd be stuck of that I'm certain,
Stranded out on a limb maybe going around in circles,
I persevere my route is clearly accurate with you,
An aid to orienteer that navigates and guides me through,
While I find my way on forth,
Glad-fully your my true north,
As long as we're together,
I know that I'll never get lost.
The sight gut-wrenching and awfully triste jealousy is the name,
Contemptuous of ones difference with the drive to ascend,
A body of lies hold a tempest impostor living within,
Why do you hold the fortitude for such hostility,
We both came from the same struggles yet you envy me,
Your malice I am not concerned with,
Cannot stop my higher yearning,
I prey to God for safety from the hateful blood your churning,
Yet you came as a friendly face so I was clueless,
Left my mouth with the bitter taste of lies and hubris,
No now your smile disguised the ruthless,
Iniquitous thoughts that your consumed with,
I never new this voracious mantra,
Portaged by the green-eyed monster,
Hate what you cannot conquer, fear what you don't understand,
Brain ill-equipped to process what is close at hand,
It transforms to heinous intentions,
Envy forms thus cause declension,
Oh! A wasted form of energy,
Won't you overcome your jealousy.
He Dies At The End.
Written & Directed by Damian Mc Carthy.
Winner Indie Short Film Competition Best Horror Thriller Award.
Winner Tabloid Witch Award Best Dramatic Horror Short
Film Festivals: Film4 Frightfest London / Cork Film Festival / Chicago Irish Film Festival - festival winner / Shriekfest LA / Leeds International Film Festival / Rutger Hauers I've Seen Films Short Film Festival / Fantastic Film Festival
He: Fintan Collins
Writer / Director / Producer: Damian Mc Carthy
Producer / Editor: Alan Mehigan
Camera / Lighting: Seamus Hegarty
Art Direction: Claire Fitzgerald
Production Assist: Joseph Mc Carthy
THE WEEKEND MOVIE
Derrick, Tyrone & Malcolm live in East London and are college students who have spent their whole college experience being non-existent. It’s the last day of college before they finally move into the real world. They come across some money which was left in an alleyway by some thugs and decide to spend THE WEEKEND like they never have before. They are very outlandish with their spending of the money which alerts the thugs on the whereabouts of their money. The thugs catch up with the boys and give them a deadline of Sunday midnight to return the money they have spent or risk even more problems. The boys do a massive carwash & sell all of their purchased items in order to make the money back. But is that enough or will there be more twist and turns?
CHARACTER BREAK DOWNSTYRONE is an 18 year old Black guy who has a troubled life at home. He hides a lot of his pain by pretending all is well and saying things how he sees it.
I've been invited to cast for the role of Tyrone wish me luck warlocks!! and check the movie Facebook page here
Monday, 16 May 2011
16 May 2011
POLICE in Birmingham are responding to reports of a man in possession of a gun at a Tesco supermarket in Aston.
Police were alerted to the incident just after 8.30am this morning by staff reporting a man behaving aggressively inside the store.
As a precaution, the store has been evacuated and roads around the area closed. At this time, no weapon has been seen by either police officers or independent witnesses. No injuries have been reported. In addition to local officers, armed police are at the scene and the man is contained within the store.
Traffic diversions are in place and members of the public are advised to avoid the area. Roads affected are: Aston Lane, Wenlock Road, Witton Road, Emscote Road
For information on road closures, sign-up to Birmingham's free Community Alert service at: www.birminghamprepared.gov.uk/about/birmingham-community-alert
HOW ABOUT THE POLICE ACTUALLY HAVING A TWITTER http://twitter.com/wmpolice LOL ITS CERTAINLY HAS BEEN A CRAZY MORNING AND SOUNDS LIKE WHAT WILL BE A START TO A CRAZY WEEK!! STAY TUNED WARLOCKS.
The latest legal snafu for the former Ruff Ryder and Swizz Beatz artist occurred over the weekend in Hackensack, New Jersey where Cassidy, born Barry Reese, was arrested Saturday (May 14) on what news outlet NorthJersey.com reported as a “high-risk warrant” as a result of the rapper violating parole in his native city.
Philadelphia polices officials, according to the report, made a call into the Hackensack police department to inform officers and staff of Cassidy’s open warrant. A previous investigation done by Philadelphia police revealed that Cassidy was residing in New Jersey. Philadelphia police also named the rapper a suspect in a murder case and two additional attempted murder cases on top of the violation. Philadelphia officials also provided the Hackensack police with Reese’s current address.
Hackensack police tailed Cassidy from his home as he visited a corner convenience store in where an undercover officer confirmed the rapper’s identity just as arresting officers moved in to complete the coup. Cassidy was then shipped to the Bergen County Jail Annex – the same facility that once housed fellow beleaguered rapper and former Jim Jones cohort Max B as he awaited trial for murder and robbery.
Reports also detail that Reese will be held at the annex and undergo extradition to Philadelphia to face questions from investigators handling the murder cases. A call into Hackensack police today yielded no new results, with officers saying that an official within the department will be better equipped to handle all media inquiries tomorrow morning, including a prepared statement from the department.
This arrest isn’t the first of Cassidy’s run ins with the long arm of the law. In April of 2005, Cassidy and two other men were involved in a shootout which left one man dead. Two months later, a warrant was issued for Cassidy’s arrest on several charges including murder, attempted murder and assault. He entered prison in August of 2005 was released eight months later in March of 2006 after more serious charges of his case were downgraded.
HIP-HOP COPS STRIKE AGAIN!!! SMH
Sunday, 15 May 2011
Good Evening Warlocks!! :)
I wanted to write this Fonzo file introducing an article from someone I went to school with some years ago. Recently I've been in somewhat of a tailspin and have been prioritizing and re-evaluating a lot of my life choices past, present and future. Part of this has been looking at furthering my education and re-embarking on study. Today I came across an inspirational article from Matthew Popo which has evoked positivity. Hence forth I want to share with y'all a good read as I'm very proud of the brother. A good message to young black males and an example of positivity that deserves to be highlighted in conditions where negativity is so often heightened in the media and minds of people. I wish Mathew all the best and kudos for his success. Enjoy !
BA (Hons) Criminology
Through my early years I was a very active and some would say clever child but as I got older I began to adopt a much more laid back attitude and my focus on what was positive would begin to decrease. While I would still at times keep my head in my books, I was soon spending more time going out, enjoying myself and often getting up to no good with my friends; we didn’t get into any serious trouble, but we did as we pleased and at no time attempted to follow the letter of the law. It was in the second year of college that my life and most importantly my mentality began to change because one of my closest friends was sent to prison.
I took a gap year after college as I decided that I needed time to focus on what was important and in what direction I wanted to take my life; as unfortunate as it was that my friend had gone to prison, I quickly realised that it could have easily been me or any one of my peers. I found myself a full-time job and started slowly taking myself away from the life I had previously known. I got to a point where I could see what was going on around me; more of my friends were going to prison while other young people from my local area had been shot, stabbed and even killed. At this point I began to search and strive towards a life of fulfillment, a life that my family and I could be proud of and most importantly a life that could maybe one day change the lives of others for the better.
While I knew that I wanted to study I was still unsure about what course I wanted to undertake. It wasn’t until I looked back on my own life and observed the life of my peers that I realised the most substantial problem within young people within the inner city was crime. Through a lack of positive role models, resources, education, stable family units or personal determination many young people would and do turn to lives of crime and define themselves through the sub-cultures they create, including gang culture. I chose to enter university and study Criminology, to further study recognised theories into why young people fell into certain groups and how they can move away from crime and deviant lifestyles through education and getting the right help and advice.
My initial plan when starting university was to simply arrive at my lectures and seminars, get my education and then leave; at no point was I interested in socialising or take part in any other activities. However, as my education progressed, university also taught me lessons outside of the lecture theatre – I began to meet new people, explore new cultures and simply allow myself to learn from those I would have most likely never has spoken to away from university. I became more relaxed around people that would usually have had me on edge or left me with a feeling of discomfort.
Within my university experience I have also been given some priceless opportunities, including a work placement with the Young Offenders Service where my role was to work on what’s known as “Youth Offender Panel Work”. This programme allows young offenders to sit and talk about their crimes with criminal justice workers and even the victims of the crimes they have committed. This is a chance for young offenders to confront and take responsibility for their actions, apologise for their behaviour and suggest why they committed their crime, which allows them to avoid simply being sent to prison. This was the first year that the University had run the scheme and I believe it to be a brilliant addition to the course.
I also took part in a life-changing outing to HMP Grendon as part of a student/prisoner debate. This experience was especially memorable for me as, firstly I took part in the debate itself and secondly, as a result of my performance, I was then recruited to take part in a prison management scheme by the General Manager of the National Offender Management Service for the South East/West of England. The management schemes offered will officially train me to one day become a prison governor. Becoming a prison governor wasn’t something I had previously considered as I am not the strongest advocate of how the Prison Service is run at present, with too much emphasis on incarceration and not enough on rehabilitation, but I realised that the best way to change the system was from the inside, putting ideas into practice which, if successful, could then be used in other prisons. I would like to say to young people who are in prison that it needn’t define the rest of their life, and concentrate on providing them with the right support and education to progress and integrate back into society.
My active educational life has led to me being positively active in my social life. I stand strong in the belief of giving back to the community, young people in particular, as they will be the adults of tomorrow. Young people need positive role models; otherwise the only big characters they will see are those which will take them on the wrong path. I have recently begun coaching an under-12s football team with a local charity club named Continental Stars. Continental Stars focuses on providing young males and females from the ages of 10 and upwards, with not only the skills to make them better footballers, but also life skills, while providing positive role models through the use of sport.
I have also been working with young people in schools for the past seven months using seminars/workshops I created that promote confidence, self esteem and purpose. One of my beliefs is that many young people who decide to move away from society or bracket themselves within certain groups do so because they genuinely feel they do not belong. These young people feel as if there voice is never heard or taken seriously; they lack the confidence to stand strong in their individual beliefs and instead choose to define themselves through their social groups. I use music and poetry to allow young people to express themselves and how they are feeling. The response to my work has been positive with schools continually asking for my services and young people continually letting me know they enjoy my workshops. I have been doing this work through a performing arts agency but hope to register my own business later this year.
I came to university as a young male seeking further education and I am leaving as a young man that has not only succeeded and completed his degree but also a young man that now has the world at his feet. I will use my degree to help people, young people in particular and simply be an example to many that with hard work and determination all things are possible. I will continually encourage young people to gain an education, not just for the qualification but also for the life lessons that it will offer you along the way.
Saturday, 14 May 2011
Peter Odemwingie reckons regaining his smile by escaping Russia's racist fans has inspired his sensational debut Premier League season.
The 29-year-old striker has smashed 15 goals since joining West Brom last August from Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow for a bargain £2.5million.
The Nigerian international, who has become a cult hero at Albion and has scored in the Baggies' last FIVE successive matches, invited MirrorFootball into his city centre apartment in Birmingham ahead of today's visit by Everton.
Odemwingie can see The Hawthorns from his high-rise luxury penthouse and is loving life in England.
In contrast, he was subjected to abuse in Russia, where fans cruelly mocked his departure with a huge ironic banner saying: 'Thanks West Brom'.
But Odemwingie has had no hassle here and says his contentment has fuelled his superb form after being named April's Premier League player of the month.
"I feel happy and good in this country and am playing well," he said. "You go anywhere in the country and you don't hear any shouts or racial abuse, all that does make a difference, it makes you feel normal.
"I never had bananas thrown at me in Russia, but I saw it happen to other players. Going to some away games and getting that sort of treatment, it distracts you on the field and is not about football.
"It changes your mind-set and there were a few groups of fans with their own agenda.
"Lokomotiv is a really nice club but I felt, 'If I can avoid it, I would like to leave Moscow.' Here, I have never been subject to anything like that - I have a big smile and am playing my football."
West Brom have a proud history of embracing black players, since the 1978-79 season when they were the first club to field three black players in the same side.
Then, manager Ron Atkinson gave Cyrille Regis, Laurie Cunningham and Brendan Batson their chance and the trio were dubbed the 'Three Degrees'.
Odemwingie added: "It is a big plus [that] the club has this history.
"I met once with Cyrille, he was among the first black players to play in the club. Even the younger fans sometimes talk about him now and that means he really did good here."
As well as delighting Albion supporters, the amiable Odemwingie has made a lot of friends since switching to the Midlands.
He lives in the same apartment block as team-mates Jonas Olsson and Jerome Thomas, who are often round for coffee from his new espresso machine.
Odemwingie added: "I think it is important for team spirit to spend time with each other off the field.
"Sometimes we go to the cinema, sometimes we go out to a restaurant or to someone's house.
"It is turn by turn, and someone different hosts.
"I haven't cooked for them yet, I am learning. For now all I can do is put out some biscuits and coffee."
If his kitchen remains largely a mystery, Odemwingie has swiftly mastered the Premier League, where his pace and trickery have impressed Albion boss Roy Hodgson.
His goals have Albion on the brink of a top 10 finish in their first season after promotion, something that was implausible when Roberto Di Matteo was sacked in February with the club in the drop zone.
Odemwingie's heroics have got the Baggies looking up instead of down and the forward also has big personal ambitions.
He has another year to go on his contract but Albion are desperate to tie him to a long-term deal, amid interest from richer top-flight clubs.
The star admitted: "Like most players, I want to play at the highest level and in Europe.
"If it is a big, interesting offer for me and the club, I will definitely think about it. If any team in the top 10 of Europe offers any player a contract he will listen to that.
"If it comes and the club is happy, I might give it a think. But of course I will think twice whether to leave, and I might end up saying 'no' if I am not sure I will be as happy as I am at West Brom."
So Odemwingie's career, which included La Louviere in Belgium and Lille in France before a big-money move to Russia in 2007 may have another new chapter.
But many more goals from Odemwingie, and Albion supporters will remember him for years to come, as they do trailblazer Regis.
By James Nursey
Sunday, 1 May 2011
Some are really sensitive just shrouded with machismo,
Expected to emote resilience everywhere that we go,
Some too hard upon themselves but me I keep it real though,
We all are human be that mindful,
Cut me and I bleed just like you,
Yeah I cry when pains inflicted,
To whom I show this is restricted,
Some guys masquerade through time hold feelings but don't show them,
Often female tendencies are labeled with emotions,
So the average guy in mind's evasive of that notion,
And garners through the years the pride to walk with something broken,
If you look beneath the surface,
Explore what a mans real worth is,
Delicate beneath the armor,
Yearning for a loyal partner,
Ye shall find a humble soul that's laudable in splendor,
Enriched strength that influence anaclisis agenda,
Incomplete without a woman leaves a heart annealing,
Hardening from ardors deep burn in turn men too have feelings.
- Alfonso P. Sosa