*I’m telling you, if you’re about that life, you might want to look at the case of rapper Mac Phillips, who was convicted of the 2001 murder of a concertgoer and is serving 30 years in prison as a result. Not that the prosecutor had any evidence of a forensic nature against him. No past criminal activity he could put on the rapper. Nuh uh, he went straight for the jugular.
In this case, his music.
Now McKinley “Mac” Phipps has a lot of time on his hands. As a resident at the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Tammy Parish, Louisiana, he has plenty of opportunities to recall the words of his best-known song.
No matter how slick its worded, when the legendary blue-eyed soul duo, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Daryl Hall and John Oates heard that an artisanal granola company from Brooklyn was calling one of their hipster-friendly products “Haulin’ Oats,” they proved the words of the 1982 mega-hit that was ‘I Can’t Go For That’ (No Can Do).
The legendary duo claim in their Brooklyn federal suit that Red Hook-based Early Bird is profiting off of the brand they built. “The name and mark Haulin’ Oats is an obvious play upon Plaintiff’s well-known Hall & Oates mark, and was selected by defendant in an effort to trade off of the fame and notoriety associated with the artist’s and plaintiff’s well-known marks,” the suit states.Continue reading →
*Sounds like music legend Madonna is starting to feel her age. Oh not in the way that she’s admitting to any aches and pains associated with getting older; but more like what it feels like to be treated as ‘less than’ or ‘not as good as,’ or ‘not holding the same value as.’ I mean, can you imagine someone referring to Madonna as an ‘old broad?’ She can’t! So she broached the topic of ageism in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, and in doing so, compared it to racism and homophobia.
“It’s still the one area where you can totally discriminate against somebody and talk shit,” the 56-year-old pop singer said. “Because of their age. Only females, though. Not males. So in that respect, we still live in a very sexist society.”
*The Ailey organization proudly continues its mission of using dance to educate, inspire and entertain people of all ages. Now, with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on its way to L.A. as they embark upon their North American tour, the troupe is giving public school students the opportunity to experience residencies via the legendary Alvin Ailey American masterpiece, “Revelations,” not only the best known and most often seen modern dance performance, but an innovative curriculum-based initiative designed to inspire students to study language arts, social studies and dance in depth.
The residency is being sponsored by The Glorya Kaufman Dance Foundation, and Ailey Arts in Education Programs in Los Angeles will have residencies at two schools – Glenn Hammond Curtiss Middle School and Rancho Dominguez Preparatory School from March 9th – 13th. All expenses will be paid by the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation through a gift from the Glorya Kaufman Dance Foundation.
*Known for creating some of the most memorable songs in music history, and helping to formulate the Motown sound, the audience at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center in Arcadia, California was treated to music royalty when The Four Tops performed on Saturday night to a nearly sold out crowd. With only one remaining original member left, Abdul “Duke” Fakir, the show would have had a more bittersweet overtone were it not for the beautiful homage paid to original members – former lead singer Levi Stubbs, who passed away in 2008; Lawrence Payton, Sr. (1997) and Renaldo Benson (2005). Continue reading →
*We’ve heard a lot of stories of how people are affected by music. It puts some people in the mood to dance, of course. While is puts others in the mood to make love. Some music inspires us to write, while some makes us want to just put the headphones on and go for a nice long walk. But there is one British mother who doesn’t fit into any of these categories. She claims music — more specifically, the music of brilliant songwriter, singer, producer and dancer Ne-yo, causes her to have crippling seizures.
No lie. This is what she claims, and further, it has been proven scientifically.
Now we know Ne-yo has always wanted people to be moved by his music. But this, my friends, is taking that a bit far, don’t you think? Continue reading →
*Looks like somebody already got a plan B in the event talent doesn’t get your attention. I’ll give you a hint: What does Kim K. and Nicki Minaj have in common?
A BIG butt, right?
Well now magnify both their butts by 50 and they might equal the huge azz on Micah who, BTW, is a man.
Micah is an up-and-coming R&B singer who actually seems to have some talent (I’ll guide you to his video). Too bad he doesn’t trust it enough to open with it.
But that’s a story for another day.
Its hard for me to even repeat that “many question” whether his attributes are real, padded or surgically-inclined; because they “have grown” over the years. Damn fools, OF COURSE THEY’RE SURGICALLY INCLINED!
Today, whether you’ve decided to cozy up in bed and watch movies all day, or get together with family and friends, here’s a tidy package of holiday gems wrapped just for you to enjoy in your downtime.
Most of all, each of us at EURThisNthat thanks you for hangin’ with us, especially over this past year. We have enjoyed sharing wonderful, crazy, downright weird stories with you and reading your comments in return. We look forward to bringing you more in 2015 and hope you will continue to engage with us by sharing your thoughts, respecting each others’ opinions and offering encouraging words at every available opportunity.
May the coming year bring each of you good health, unconditional love and fortune beyond measure.Continue reading →