Tha Rap Critic

Sunday, September 18, 2005

ESPN to Boost L.A. Presence

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ESPN, the cable television sports giant, expects to dramatically bolster its Southern California presence by building a $100-million, five-story building with a television and radio production center and an ESPN Zone sports bar and restaurant in the downtown entertainment district proposed to be next to Staples Center.

L.A. Live as the entertainment complex is to be called will feature not only the presence of ESPN, but will also include a 1,000-room hotel, restaurants, retail shops, a 7,100-seat live theater and a 15-screen movie complex. L.A. Live will only serve to boost the once desolate, but now thriving Downtown Los Angeles District that has been economically challenged because of a serious lack of events in the area. That has all begun to change as new housing devolopments, restaurants, and entertainment venues have been springing up throughout Downtown Los Angeles over the last 18 months.

ESPN eventually will add West Coast on-air talent and beam broadcasts live from downtown Los Angeles to the rest of the world.

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Jay-Z Vows to Air Certain Rappers Out

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"I declare war!" Jay-Z stated as he spoke with Ed Lover on New York Radio Station Power 105.1. Apparently Hov is tired of certain rappers disrespecting and taking shots at him as of late. Jay-Z said, he will "air them out" at a show he is headlining at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

"I got a lot of records," Hov told Lover. "I'm getting the itch. I need to see the people. It's time for a good show in New York City ... I gotta flip on some people."

Jay-Z also has another show scheduled the following night in Philadelphia, PA. Jay-Z named no names as to who he was referring to, bit knowing Hov, whoever it is better have their get back right...The Takeover 2005.

Vera Wang and Gwen Stefani Big at Fashion Week

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Vera Wang, best known for her design of "Red Carpet Dresses", rolled out more than the red carpet as she debuted her Spring 2006 collection at New York Fashion Week. Influenced by Matisse and The American Old West, Wang's new line featured a collection with a strong vision, beautifully made clothes and intricate details. Wang was most praised for the billiant colors she chose to use to create such pieces as a lavender silk faille corset jacket, white cotton dress shirts with hand-crocheted eyelet trimming and navy floral brocade peasant skirts.

Of her new collection, Wang stated, "In the dream world of Matisse and the gritty reality of the American frontier, the diversity of women in our society offers the chance for greater exploration and even greater inspiration."

On the flip side, music icon Gwen Stefani debuted her L.A.M.B collection Friday night to rave reviews. the collection alternated between street track jackets and red-carpet gowns. During her show, Stefani added some props to the stage adding souped up cars on the catwalk, silver streamers on the ceiling and stardust on the runway.

Music star-turned-fashion designer Sean "Diddy" Combs was in the audience to cheer Stefani on, as were Ashanti, Lenny Kravitz and Faith Hill.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Jay-Z and Diddy Give $1 Million

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When Steve Harvey first introduced Jay-Z and Sean "Diddy" Combs to present their $1 million gift to the Red Cross on behalf of the New York Hip Hop Community for Hurricane Katrina victims, he was told that they haven't arrived yet. However, fifteen minutes later, they did arrive, to the joy of everyone in attendance. "There's been a lot of telethons," Diddy said, "but this is our telethon. These are our people."

Former President Bill Clinton even called in to the BET SOS Telethon stating that, "We always thought faster was better than slower," when asked by Harvey what his administration would have done differently if it were in power when Katrina hit. Others to make appearances at BET SOS were The Game, Alicia Keys, Lil Jon, Kanye West, Patti LaBelle, and Chris Rock.

Laura Bush Ignores Barbara Bush Comments

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In a recent statement, Laura Bush, wife of President George W. Bush, said that comments made by Kanye West about her husband not caring about black people were "disgusting." She also went on to say that she should know that he loves and respects all races because she lives with him. Ironically, no one in the Bush family, including Laura, would comment on her mother in law's comments that stated, “Everybody is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arenas here, you know, were underprivileged anyway. This is working very well for them.”

The White House released a statement saying, "The Former First Lady Barbara Bush was making a personal observation when she said poor people at the Astrodome in Houston were doing better than before Hurricane Katrina struck." Since then, she has been transported to a private location with heavy security.